Israel struck by barrage of rockets launched from Gaza, ‘military bus’ destroyed
Israel has come under major attack from Gaza, with 200 rockets launched from the strip. An Israeli bus was destroyed by an anti-tank guided missile close to the Gaza border, with one soldier receiving serious injuries.
The wounded 19-year-old soldier has been reportedly evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, along with the driver of the bus, who is suffering from shock. The bus had carried IDF soldiers to the location, who disembarked just before the anti-tank missile hit.
Earlier this evening, an IDF soldier was severely injured when an anti-tank missile fired from #Gaza hit this bus. We have notified the family and hope for a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/ZH2axwADKY— Israel Defense Forces (@IDFSpokesperson) November 12, 2018
Local television showed the bus engulfed in flames and billowing black smoke. Flashes of light from the Iron Dome interceptions could also be seen. The bus has been completely destroyed by the fire.
Sirens are sounding all across southern Israel, according to the IDF spokesperson.
The sirens won’t stop. I can’t remember the last time southern Israel came under such heavy attack from Gaza.— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) November 12, 2018
The country's Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted many of the rockets, but some have landed. A public building in Netivot and several others were struck.
Israeli citizens have reportedly been instructed to remain in bomb shelters.
LOOK: This is one of the multiple Israeli homes hit by rockets fired from #Gaza. Yes, HOMES. Plural. Terrorists in Gaza are targeting Israeli civilians. We are targeting the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/hrApfCZQfm— Israel Defense Forces (@IDFSpokesperson) November 12, 2018
#BREAKING: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently holding a security consultation with the Minister of Defense, the Chief of Staff and senior members of the defense establishment and the IDF pic.twitter.com/4nkhJdLkq6— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) November 12, 2018
Israel responded by sending fighter jets to strike Gaza. Two Palestinian civilians have been killed, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
The attack follows a Sunday skirmish which saw seven members of Hamas killed, along with an IDF Lieutenant Colonel.
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