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July 13, 2014 6:28 am

Israeli Teenager Seriously Injured in Rocket Attack From Gaza

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Shrapnel impact from rocket explosion in front yard of Ashkelon residential home. Photo: Anav Silverman. An Israeli teenager suffered serious shrapnel wounds to his face and chest during a Gaza rocket attack on Ashkelon on Sunday.

The teen had failed to enter a bomb shelter when a warning siren sounded. Besides for the rocket that struck the boy’s residential neighborhood, another rocket fired at Ashkelon was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, and a third rocket hit an open area.

“The residents must be vigilant,” Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni said, according to Israel Hayom. “You have to be patient, and follow directions.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his cabinet meeting on Sunday, “Hamas has chosen to attack our cities with massive, indiscriminate rocket fire. I said from the start [of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza] that we would respond with force to these criminal attacks on our citizens, and that is what we are doing.”

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