Building Takes Direct Hit as 600 Rockets Fired at Israel

Six people were injured when a rocket struck an apartment building in Rechovot. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has fired nearly 600 rockets so far this week.

A rocket fired by terrorists from the Gaza Strip struck a residential building in Rehovot in Central Israel on Thursday evening.

At least six people have been injured in the rocket strike, one of whom was critically injured, Magen David Adom (MDA) reported.

Earlier, the IDF announced that over 550 rockets had been fired at Israel so far this week as of 2:30 this afternoon.

In total, there were 175 interceptions by the Iron Dome and David’s Sling system and 124 failed launches which landed inside Gaza.

On Monday, Israel launched precision strikes in Gaza, eliminating three senior members of Islamic Jihad, who had been responsible for numerous rocket attacks on Israel last week.

The airstrikes, codenamed “Operation Shield and Arrow,” targeted Khalil Bahtini, the Islamic Jihad commander for northern Gaza Strip; Tareq Izzeldeen, the group’s intermediary between its Gaza and West Bank members; and Jehad Ghanam, the secretary of the Islamic Jihad’s military council.

The most recent IDF strike in the Gaza Strip targeted the deputy commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket division, Ahmed Abu Daqa.

Abu Daqa was responsible for firing rockets into Israel, particularly into the Sderot area, and for the day-to-day management of the force.

According to the IDF, he had worked extensively to promote, plan and carry out attacks aimed at Israeli territory. In addition, he took part in firing rocket barrages into Israel during Operation Guardian of the Walls and Operation Breaking Dawn.

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