Northern Israel struck in latest midnight barrage of Gaza rockets
by Anna Ahronheim, Sarah Ben-Nun, Tzvi Joffre
May 13, 2021
After several hours of quiet, rocket fire resumed early Thursday, and sirens were heard in Ashkelon and the surrounding regions. They also sounded across the center and south of the country, as well as northern Israel, as far as the Galilee region. One rocket is reported to have directly hit Rishon Lezion, and another in Petah Tikva. Five people are being treated for minor injuries in Petah Tikva, several of them caused by anxiety and smoke inhalation. Israel’s security cabinet on Wednesday night approved the recommendation of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi to escalate retaliatory airstrikes into the Gaza Strip. Defense Minister Benny Gantz is briefing members of the Knesset as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel will not accept a ceasefire with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. READ MORE
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