The first three rockets were observed coming from Gaza and landing near Kissufim in the Eshkol Regional Council. One of them was intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome missile defence system. The remaining two were found in open fields close to the boundary fence.
Later on Friday night, around 1:50 a.m., additional sirens were heard at Alumim, Be’eri, Kfar Maimon and Tushiya, in the Sdot Negev and Eshkol Regional Councils.
Minutes later, more sirens were heard in Mivtahim, Amioz, Yesha, Nir Yitzhak, Tzohar and Ohad, all in the Eshkol regional council.
The IDF reported that four rockets were launched during the second barrage, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
An IDF tank attacked a Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip around 2:40 a.m. early on Saturday morning in retaliation after the second barrage and was immediately followed by another rocket which landed in an open area near Ashkelon.
Overall, the IDF reported four rockets being intercepted by the Iron Dome system during the night.
Slightly after 3 a.m., additional sirens were heard in Miflasim and Kfar Aza, in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
Another siren was heard near Nahal Oz in the Sha’ar Hanegev regional council slightly before 4 a.m..
After around an hour of silence, another rocket siren was heard around 5 a.m. near Kerem Shalom in the Eshkol Regional Council early on Saturday morning.
That was followed by six consecutive waves of rockets which set off sirens within the space of around 35 minutes, the first of which started at 5:27 a.m. near Alumim and Nahal Oz, in the Sdot Negev and Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Councils.
The IDF spokesperson announced around 5:30 a.m. that IAF aircraft had begun attacking Hamas rocket launchers and underground infrastructures in retaliation.
A few minutes later, another rocket siren went off, this time in Nativ Ha’asara in the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council once again. Two minutes after that, another siren went off in Nativ Ha’asara and in Kissufim in the Ashkelon Beach and Eshkol Regional Councils.
Another five minutes passed and another two sirens went off, both in Kissufim, in the Eshkol Regional Council.
The head of the Eshkol Regional Council, Gad Yarkoni, commented on the events of the night saying that “the unbearable ease with which these organisations allow themselves to shoot at the Gaza envelope and try harm civilians is outrageous.”
Another big wave of rockets set off sirens less than ten minutes later, this time in the Ashkelon Industrial Zone, Zikim, Karmiya, Yad Mordechai, and Nativ Ha’asara, all in the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council.
Another siren was heard at 6 a.m. in the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council areas of Nativ Ha’asara, the southern Ashkelon Industrial zone, and Zikim.
״After 20 years of rocket fire, there are still houses in the Eshkol region that do not have shelters. Last night Israeli citizens slept under rocket fire, exposed to damage.” he continued.
Ofir Liebstein, the president of the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, added “For more than two decades, the Israeli government has struggled to develop a coherent plan to halt rocket attacks. There is no question that we deserve stability and consistency in our lives.”
IDF fighter jets targeted a series of targets in the Gaza Strip last Friday after a missile shot into Israeli territory crashed in an open plain.
The IDF will hold a briefing at 09:00 a.m. and will provide further updates to the regional councils in the area.
A Hamas official responded to the IDF retaliation, saying that “the new zionist aggression on the Gaza strip is a desperate attempt to break the willpower of our people and our continued steadfastness. Our people and our resistance are united with our people in Jerusalem in their fight against the zionist occupation and in their defense of al-Aqsa Mosque.”