LIVE BLOG: Rockets slam into Israel’s south in third day of IDF operation in Gaza


Three Israelis killed, three soldiers wounded in attack on south; military sources: more than 275 rockets from Gaza explode in Israel since beginning of operation, Iron Dome intercepts 105; IDF strikes over 250 Gaza targets; Hamas: 16 Palestinians killed, 151 wounded; UN Secretary General to visit region Tuesday.
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Damage following the explosion of a Grad rocket in Ashdod, Nov. 16, 2012 Photo by Ilan Assayag
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A breakdown of the fighting between Israel and Gaza.
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After a relatively quiet night on the Israeli side of the border, Friday morning saw the renewal of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israel’s south. Several rockets hit residential areas in Ashdod; a woman sustained light injuries and a few residents suffered an anxiety attack following the rocket fire. The Israel Defense Forces struck some 150 targets overnight in Gaza.
On Thursday night, two Fajr rockets were fired toward Tel Aviv. Sirens were sounded in the Tel Aviv area for the first time since the Gulf War in 1991.
Since Operation Pillar of Defense began on Wednesday, Palestinians in Gaza have reported 19 killed and more than 150 wounded, while more than 300 rockets and mortar shells have been fired from Gaza toward Israel, leaving three dead and more than five wounded.. Iron Dome batteries have intercepted more than 130 rockets bound to hit populated areas.
The IDF said that since the operation began with the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, it has struck most of the Fajr launching sites in Gaza. The Iranian-made Fajr rockets, when fired from the northern Gaza Strip, can hit cities in central Israel.
The IDF is now preparing for the possibility of expanding the operation, including the use of ground forces in the Gaza Strip. The IDF General Staff on Friday morning approved the initial draft of 16 thousand army reservists.
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09:30 Red Alera alarms sound in the Kiryat Gat area as a rocket barrage is fired toward Israel’s south (Haaretz)
09:17 More than 20 rockets explode in the Eshkol Regional Council and in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. No casualties or damage reported (Yanir Tagna)
09:16 A.M. Red Alert alarms sound in Kiryat Gat and the surrounding area (Haaretz)
09:12 A.M. Red Alert sirens sound in the Ashkelon coast region (Haaretz)
09:08 A.M. Red Alert sirens sound as 13 rockets are fired at Israel’s south; a house in the Eshkol Regional Council suffers a direct hit (Haaretz)
09:12 A.M. Red Alert sirens sound in the Ashkelon coast region (Haaretz)
09:08 A.M. Red Alert sirens sound as rocket barrage fired at Israel’s south; a house in the Eshkol Regional Council suffers a direct hit (Haaretz)
08:50 A.M. Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrives in Gaza in attempt to mediate a cease fire agreement (AP)
08:31 A.M. Iron Dome battery intercepts a rocket fired from Gaza near Ashkelon (Haaretz)
08:23 A.M. Iron Dome battery intercepts a Gaza rocket over southern city of Ashkelon (Haaretz)
08:07 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informs Egypt that the IDF will cease attacks on Gaza during the planned visit of its prime minister this morning (AP)
08:05 A.M. Six rockets explode in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. No reports of casualties or damage (Haaretz)
08:01 A.M. The IDF General Staff decides on initial draft of 16,000 reservists, some of which to replace the forces currently operating in the Gaza area (Haaretz)
07:55 A.M. Some 30 rockets fired at Israel’s south in the past 10 minutes. No reports of casualties or damage (Haaretz)
07:47 A.M. Red Alert sirens sound in wide areas in southern Israel including Be’er Sheva, Ofakim, and Sderot (Haaretz)
07:16 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel would stop offensive action in Gaza during visit by Egyptian Prime Minister Friday (Reuters)
07:15 A.M. Gaza Rocket hits an empty house in the Sha’ar Ha’Negev Regional Council, no injuries (Haaretz)
07:00 A.M. Gaza Rocket hits residential area in Ashdod, no injuries reported (Haaretz)
06:55 A.M. IDF confirms it bombed the Hamas’s Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
06:50 A.M. Red Alert sounds in Ashdod (Haaretz)
06:45 A.M. Red Alert sounds in Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Haaretz)