IDF bombs Gaza after barrage of 80 rockets fired at southern communities

Ati-tank missile from coastal enclave fired at Israeli bus seriously injuring one; red alert sirens wail as far away from Strip as towns near Dead Sea.

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Monday’s events as they unfold:

Mortar shells strike kibbutz in southern Israel causing damage but no injuries

A number of mortar shells strike a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, causing damage but not injuries, local government officials say.

For security reasons, the name of the community cannot be published, as it could help terrorists refine their aim for future mortar attacks.

— Judah Ari Gross

Red Alert sirens blast in Ashkelon as rocket fire persists

Red Alert sirens wail in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon as rocket fire from Gaza persists.

There are no reports yet of injuries or damage.

UN peace envoy said in talks with Israeli and Hamas officials to restore calm

UN peace envoy Nikolay Mledenov is said to be in contact with Israeli and Hamas officials in an effort to restore calm on the Gaza border, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

Red Alert sirens blast in Ashkelon as rocket fire persists

Red Alert sirens wail in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon as rocket fire from Gaza persists.

There are no reports yet of injuries or damage.

UN peace envoy said in talks with Israeli and Hamas officials to restore calm

UN peace envoy Nikolay Mledenov is said to be in contact with Israeli and Hamas officials in an effort to restore calm on the Gaza border, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

16-year-old taken to hospital after bomb shelter door closes on her hand

A 16-year-old girl is taken to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital after a metal bomb shelter door closed on her hand, lightly injuring her, medics says.

Judah Ari Gross

Firefighters work to extinguish blaze after rocket hits building in Ashkelon

A rocket directly hits a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing damage but apparently no injuries, local government officials say.

A spokesperson for the city says emergency response officials are en route to the site, along with Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam.

Firefighters are currently working to extinguish the blaze that ensued after the building was hit.

— with Judah Ari Gross

Gaza health ministry identifies 2 Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza identifies the two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the northern Gaza Strip as 27-year-old Muhammed al-Tatri and 22-year-old Muhammed Oudeh.

— Adam Rasgon

Foreign Ministry: Hamas responsible for escalation on Gaza border

The Foreign Ministry releases a statement blaming Hamas for the ongoing escalation on the Gaza border.

“Hamas is responsible for the deliberate and targeted rocket barrage targeting Israeli civilians,” the ministry says.

 

Two Palestinians said killed in Israeli air raids following Hamas rocket fire

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the northern Gaza Strip and three  were wounded, the Hamas-run Health Ministry says in a message to reporters.

— Adam Rasgon

Doctors working to stabilize 19-year-old seriously injured by anti-tank missile that struck bus

The 19-year-old man who was seriously injured after a projectile from the Gaza Strip struck a bus next to him has arrived at Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center, where doctors are working to stabilize his condition.

Once his condition improves, he will be moved into surgery for further treatment, the hospital says.

The medical center says it is prepared for “any scenario,” as a massive barrage of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza rains down on southern Israel.

— Judah Ari Gross

Sirens wail in Ashkelon, scrambling Israelis into bomb shelters

Rocket sirens sound in the coastal city of Ashkelon, sending tens of thousands of its residents to bomb shelters, as over 100 projectiles are fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

— Judah Ari Gross

Number of injured from rocket fire at Sderot climbs to 7

The number of injured Israelis from rocket fire at Sderot as climbed to seven.

None of the injuries are believed to be serious and all seven residents have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Gaza terror groups threaten to expand range of rocket attacks if Israeli air raids persist

Armed groups in the Gaza Strip threaten to expand their rocket attacks on Israel in terms of distance and number.

“The resistance factions’ joint command center warns the Zionist enemy that if it continues its aggression in response to the resistance’s bombardment of the Gaza envelope, which is in response to its deceitful crime, the resistance will increase the distance, depth and intensity of its bombardment of its positions and usurped lands,” an update posted on the website of Hamas’s military wing says.

— Adam Rasgon

PM arrives at Defense Ministry HQ for Gaza situational assessment

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived at Defense Mnistry headquarters in Tel Aviv for a situational assessment with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot regarding the recent rocket fire from Gaza.

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