Two Killed as Hamas Rockets Pound Israel

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Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched dozens of rockets at southern Israel Tuesday afternoon, killing two foreign workers and injuring others.

Two people were killed and others injured when a rocket made a direct hit on a packing plant in the Eshkol Regional Council on Tuesday. Both casualties were foreign workers from Thailand.

The first three rockets fired were launched towards the town of Ofakim and the Merhavim Regional Council in southwestern Israel, and were intercepted and destroyed by missiles launched from Israel’s Iron Dome defense network. No damage or injuries were reported in the initial rocket attacks.

Subsequent barrages targeted Netiv Hasarah, Zikim, and the city of Ashkelon.

A 19-year-old IDF soldier was injured by shrapnel after a rocket fired from Gaza landed near the Erez Crossing along the Israel-Gaza frontier.

Israel also faced incoming fire from Lebanon. Six rockets were launched from Rashaya Al Foukhar in southern Lebanon. All fell short of the border and landed inside Lebanese territory. Israeli forces fired back toward the source of the rocket launch in Lebanon with tank and artillery shells. 

The IDF has killed at least 160 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists since the beginning of Operation Guardian of the Walls began last week, according to official military reports.

Over 3,400 rockets have been fired off into Israeli territory by terrorist groups operating in Gaza since the attacks began last week.

Israel and Hamas both denied that a ceasefire is in the works, as the White House continues applying pressure on Israel to end the fighting.

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