Woman critically injured as Israel hit by dozens of rockets from Gaza
Dozens of rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on Saturday morning, causing air raid sirens to ring out across southern Israel.
The sirens could even be heard in the greater Tel Aviv area, tens of kilometres to the north.
Israel’s Magen David Adom rescue agency said that a 70-year-old woman was critically injured after a rocket hit a building in central Israel, while a 20-year-old man was injured by rocket shrapnel elsewhere.
Footage from Reuters news agency showed Israeli firefighters fighting flames in the city of Ashkelon as thick plumes of smoke rose from charred out vehicles.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that security chiefs were due to meet as a result of the rocket strikes.
An initial report from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that a “number of terrorists” had infiltrated into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip and that residents in surrounding areas had been asked to stay in their homes.