Rockets fired at Tel Aviv, Dimona in third day of Israel’s Gaza operation

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rockets were fired at the heavily-populated Tel Aviv area and at Dimona, which houses a nuclear reactor, and Israel hit about 320 targets in Gaza overnight in the third day of its military operation.

At least two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv during the Wednesday morning rush hour. One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and a second fell in an open area, according to reports. Shrapnel from the rockets damaged cars and a gas station in southern Tel Aviv. Hamas took credit for the rockets fired at Tel Aviv. Rockets also fired at Tel Aviv later in the morning.

Later in the morning, rockets were fired from Gaza at Dimona, where the Negev Nuclear Research Center and nuclear reactor are housed. One rocket was shot down and one fell in an open area, according to reports. Rockets also fell on the Negev desert town of Mitzpe Ramon, which is home to the Ramon Crater.

The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that 27 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight, including a family of 8. The Palestinian death toll on the third day of Israelis Operation Protective Edge is 78, according to Maan.

Meanwhile, the armed wing of Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, also claimed responsibility for firing rockets on Israel, the Times of Israel reported. The announcement was made in a statement on Fatah’s official Facebook page.

The IDF spokesman said Wednesday morning that since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, over 360 rockets have been fired at Israel and that the Israeli military has hit over 590 “terror targets.”

Also on Wednesday, Israel allowed 240 Palestinians with foreign citizenship, including American, to leave Gaza, according to Haaretz.