Here are the latest developments the Palestinian rocket offensive against Israel, in what is being described as the worst violence on Israel’s southern border in six months:
* More than 150 rockets and missiles have been fired from Gaza at southern Israel in the last 3 days.
* On Sunday alone, about 50 rockets were fired at Israel.
* Israeli schools in the south have been closed, keeping more than 200,000 school children at home.
* The Israeli Air Force has been bombing Hamas rocket launchers and weapons warehouses, and has eliminated four top terror leaders.
* CNN reports that “eight Israelis have been wounded and 500,000 have been forced into shelters.”
* CNN reports that among the Palestinians in Gaza, “at least 21 people have been killed in strikes since Friday, while at least 75 people have been wounded.”
* The good news is that “the Iron Dome system has intercepted 90 percent of missile attacks on urban centers during the latest rocket bombardment from Gaza,” reports Israeli channel 7. “The expensive systems were inaugurated last year amid controversy over its worth. A primitive Kassam rocket costs terrorists only a few hundred dollars while each Iron Dome anti-missile missile costs $50,000. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated Saturday night, ‘We will continue to improve home front defense including by means of additional Iron Dome systems, the effectiveness of which was shown again over the weekend.”
* PRAYER REQUESTS: Please pray for the Lord to show His mercy and grace to the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire on both sides of the borders. Please pray for the terrorists to stop attacking Israel. Please pray for the Lord to comfort the grieving and heal the injured. Please pray for the believers to know how best to show God’s love to those who are suffering. And please pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu and his advisors, that they would be like the sons of Issachar, “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (I Chronicles 12:32).
(photo credit: Agence France Presse — Iron Dome anti-rocket system in action)
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