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Rockets pound Israel for seventh day

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More than 80 rockets were fired at southern Israel Nov. 20, the seventh day since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, including two aimed at Jerusalem.

An afternoon air-raid siren sounded in Jerusalem that day, and two rockets fell in the Gush Etzion area south of the city. Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets aimed at Jerusalem.

A rocket struck a building in the Eshkol Regional Council in the south, reportedly injuring several people, including an Israeli reserve soldier. Rockets also hit a home in Netivot and damaged homes in Sderot and Beersheva.

A volley of 16 rockets was fired toward Beersheva. One hit the road in front of a bus, damaging the vehicle, which the passengers had evacuated after the air-raid siren. A second rocket hit a house, and a third hit a parked car. Nine of the 16 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a Nov. 20 statement that it had targeted 11 terrorist squads involved in firing rockets toward Israel and planting explosive devices at the border. The IDF said it also bombed 30 underground rocket launchers and a hiding place for senior terror operatives that was used to store weapons and ammunition. Overnight, the IDF said it targeted 100 terror sites in Gaza, including underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels and ammunition storage facilities.

“The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of several months,” the IDF statement said. — jta


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