Sunday, March 11, 2012
11-Mar-12: Day 3 and the incoming Gazan rockets keep attacking Israeli population centers [UPDATED]
Around 6 am, yet another rocket from the terrorists of Gaza crashed into an open field in the Eshkol region. So far, there are no reports of injury or damage but as we have remind readers many times in the past, that is never the intention of the terrorists.
Then around 6:30 am, a rocket heading towards Israel's southern coastal city of Ashkelon was intercepted in the sky and destroyed by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Ynet says two rockets headed for Ashdod were stopped this morning by Iron Dome. The IDF Spokesperson says no fewer than 28 incoming rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome since this latest wave of rocket-borne Gazan terrorism erupted on Friday.
UPDATE Sunday 09:15 am: According to Jerusalem Post, probably in line with what we noted earlier from Ynet, two Grad-type rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome batteries shortly after 7:00 this morning. Grad rockets have a longer-range rocket than the more common Qassams and if they were intercepted by the very-expensive-to-fire Iron Dome batteries stationed around Israel's southern cities, then the calculation on the part of the IDF must have been that the rockets were headed for a city, probably Ashdod (as Ynet reported) or Ashkelon.
JPost says two other rockets crashed into southern Israel in the past hour: of the rockets exploded south of Ashkelon and the other in the Eshkol Regional Council. Those rockets are reported to have landed in open territories and caused no casualties or damages - which was not the intention of the terrorists.
Updated at 8:17 AM