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May 5, 2019 3:18 pm

Civilian Death Toll Rises to 4 as More Than 600 Gaza Rockets Slam Israeli Cities

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The scene where a 58-year-old man was killed Saturday night by shrapnel when his house in Ashkelon was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, May 5, 2019. Photo: Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90.

A fourth civilian was killed on Sunday evening as hundreds of rockets from Gaza rained down on Israeli cities and towns over the weekend.

The victim, Pinchas Menachem Pashwazman, was killed when a rocket struck the port city of Ashdod. He was reportedly in his early twenties.

Earlier on Sunday two other Israelis were killed and two more were wounded in a wave of attacks on the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. In one incident, a 60-year-old man was killed when a Kornet anti-tank missile was fired at his vehicle.

The latest casualties come following the death of Moshe Agadi, 58, who was killed earlier on Sunday when a rocket struck his home in Ashkelon.

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Israel’s military said more than 600 rockets, many of them intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile system, have been fired at southern Israel since Friday, and it struck some 220 targets belonging to Gaza terrorist groups.

In Gaza, Islamic Jihad identified seven fighters killed in Israeli strikes, while medical officials claimed that six civilians also died. Israel said at least two civilians, a pregnant woman and an infant girl, were killed by misfired Hamas rockets.

In what it said was a separate, targeted attack, Israel’s military killed Hamed Ahmed Al-Khodary, a Hamas commander. The military said he was responsible for transferring funds from Iran to armed factions in Gaza. Hamas confirmed Khodary had been killed.

The strike on his car was the first such killing by Israel of a top militant since the 2014 Gaza war. Israel had suspended what Palestinians call an assassination policy in an attempt to lower tensions.

The latest round of violence began two days ago when an Islamic Jihad sniper fired at Israeli troops, wounding two soldiers, according to the Israeli military.

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