At least 62 rockets strike Israel on operation’s eighth day

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least 62 rockets struck southern Israel on the eighth day of the country’s Operation Pillar of Defense against terrorists in Gaza.

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A house in the southern community was hit with a rocket Wednesday morning; no one was hurt in the attack. 

The funeral for Israeli soldier Yosef Partuk, 18, of Emanuel, who was killed in a rocket strike on Tuesday, was held in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The Israel Defense Forces said that overnight Tuesday it targeted dozens of what it called “terror infrastructure sites” throughout Gaza.

The targets included, according to the IDF, the Ministry of Internal Security — it served as one of the main command and control centers for the Hamas terror organization; a police compound, as well as a military hideout used as a senior operatives’ meeting place; and a communications center. The Israeli Navy targeted a rocket launching site, a Hamas post and a structure used for Hamas’ terror activity, the IDF said.

The IDF said it also hit a Hamas intelligence operations center in a media building in Gaza. The building housed the offices of the French news agency AFP, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.

The IDF said it also targeted some 50 underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels, three weapon storage facilities and a weapon manufacturing site, as well as a system of tunnels used to transport fuel to the Hamas.

Also Wednesday, a suspected terrorist bombing attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least 21 people.

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