Hamas claims responsibility for rockets; IDF intercepts 8 rockets fired toward Ashkelon; IAF strikes kill 4 Hamas members; southern local authorities cancel school.
Hamas’s armed wing, the Al-Qassam brigades, took responsibility Wednesday for a barrage of rockets unleashed against Israel since Tuesday night as well as the bomb that critically injured an IDF officeralong the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday. The explosive was placed on a gate in the Kissufim region, near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also took responsibility for the Gaza border bomb.
In a statement posted on its website, Hamas said it fired the rockets, which it said were in response to Israeli air strikes from 7:00 till 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. It also said that on Tuesday it “detonated a roadside bomb near Israeli infantry soldiers east of Khan Yunis city.”
Of the projectiles fired by the terrorists, 22 landed in the Eshkol region while 21 landed in the Lachish region, according to the Israel Police. An additional 27 rockets landed in the South by Wednesday evening. The barrage followed 10 rockets fired on Tuesday evening, making a total of 80. Five homes were damaged, according to Israel Radio…