Live from Ashdod

Three Israeli civilians were killed in the 196 rocket attacks from Gaza yesterday. Among the many items of interest posted on the IDF’s Twitter feed is the video below of “The Sound of Terror: 6 Rockets from Gaza Strike Ashdod.” Ashdod is Israel’s sixth-largest city, on the Mediterranean coast with some 200,000 residents, within 23 miles of Gaza.

“We are at the start of the event and not at its end,” said Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak, pledging to do “whatever is necessary to restore quiet to the south.” According to the linked Washington Post story, Israeli officials ordered all residents living within 25 miles of the Gaza Strip to stay indoors, in shelters or in safe rooms. Israel also dropped leaflets overnight into Gaza warning residents to “stay away from Hamas and other terror organizations, operatives and facilities that pose a risk to their safety.”


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