Rockets fired from Gaza strike Israel

A Kassam rocket struck Israel on Oct. 9, a day after more than 50 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

The rockets damaged an apartment building and killed several animals in a petting zoo.

A Kassam rocket like this was launched into Israel on Oct. 9. photo/

The barrage of rockets came a day after the Israeli air force targeted a motorcycle carrying two Palestinians who the Israel Defense Forces said had been planning an attack on the Sinai border. One was killed and the other seriously injured. Eleven others were wounded in the attack, including five children, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news service.

During the Gaza rocket attack, residents of three communities in southern Israel were instructed to remain within 15 seconds of a safe room or shelter. Children were not in school due to the Simchat Torah holiday.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying it was in response to Israel’s strike.

More than 470 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel since January. — jta