Israeli rocket barrage on Gaza leaves 3 dead

'Including pregnant woman and her daughter'

09 August, 11:44

    TEL AVIV - About 150 rockets and mortar shells were shot at southern Israel over the night between Wednesday and Thursday, the Israeli army said.
    Israel targeted 140 positions in the Gaza Strip in response, it added.
    Palestinian sources say that three people were killed including a pregnant woman and her daughter. Eleven people were injured in Israel including a woman still in critical condition. Alarm sirens went off in southern Israel 125 times and the missile defense system intercepted at least 25 rockets. Over the night Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman held an emergency meeting.
    Initial reports say that a decision was made to send more soldiers around the Gaza Strip in southern Israel and to call up reservists for the Iron Dome missile defense system.
    Further measures have been taken for the population in the areas around Gaza. The army said that it had hit at least 20 Hamas military positions in the attacks on the Gaza Strip including a factory used for components for tunnels, an areas used by the Hamas naval command, a weapons depot and a meeting place for officials in Khan Younis. On Thursday morning, an Israeli aircraft hit a team of rocket launchers that had ''just shot at Israel''.
    Palestinian media say that at least 3 were killed in the Israeli attack on the central part of the Gaza Strip and 12 were injured.
    Among the fatalities were a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter. In the Israeli city of Sderot, the city hit the most often by rockets launched from Gaza, among the 11 people injured was a 30-year-old woman in critical condition. The latest outbreak of violence began on Wednesday evening with the first shots from Gaza at southern Israel and an intensification over the night. Hamas had warned that it would respond to Israel's killing of two of its fighters in recent days. As a precaution, the Israeli army had closed the roads in Israeli territory around the Palestinian enclave and warned the population.

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