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July 14, 2018 9:37 pm

Three Civilians Wounded After Israel Faces 24-Hour Bombardment From Gaza

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An Israeli man stands outside a house damaged by Palestinian rocket fire in the southern city of Sderot, July 14, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen.

Israel has been the target of some 200 rockets and mortars over the past 24 hours targeting southern communities near the Gaza border. Three civilians were wounded when rockets struck sites in the southern city of Sderot, including a synagogue.

The barrage from the Gaza Strip began in the early morning hours of Saturday, sending thousands of Israelis to bomb shelters. Approximately 20 projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system and most others fell in open territory. The IDF deems the Hamas terrorist group, which rules the Strip, responsible for all attacks from its territory, though rival group Islamic Jihad is also believed to be involved in the barrage.

At least one ceasefire was brokered during the fighting, reportedly by Egypt, but was quickly violated by the Palestinians.

The Israeli Air Force has struck dozens of targets in the Strip in retaliation.

According to Israel’s Channel 2, another ceasefire was brokered several hours ago, though two mortars have been fired into Israel since then. The IDF retaliated against the most recent attack.

The fighting comes after months of incendiary attacks on southern Israel, which have seen Palestinians use balloons and kites to fly firebombs across the border, sparking fires that have caused millions of shekels in damage.

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