New rocket barrages target central, southern Israel

Security forces at the site of a house in Beersheba which was destroyed following a Gaza rocket attack on July 11, 2014 (Photo credit: FLASH90)

Security forces at the site of a house in Beersheba which was destroyed following a Gaza rocket attack on July 11, 2014    (Photo credit: FLASH90)

(SOURCE)   As Operation Protective Edge continues for a fifth day Saturday, over 500 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel, with several direct hits and several Israelis injured. Rockets fired throughout the day targeted communities near the Gaza Strip as well as Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Rehovot and Rishon Lezion. The Israeli Air Force carried out around 60 air strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday, and over 1,000 airstrikes since the operation began. Palestinian reports say at least 120 Palestinians have been killed. The latest reported civilian casualties came on Saturday morning, when Palestinians in Gaza said Israel targeted a charity for the disabled, killing two people. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Friday all Gaza casualties are the fault and responsibility of Hamas, which uses Gazans as human shields while Israel does its best to avoid hitting civilians. Netanyahu also said the operation would continue until longterm calm is guaranteed for Israel’s citizens. The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold. (Friday’s liveblog is here.)

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