Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip over the weekend fired into southern Israel a dozen missiles, one of which scored a direct hit on a factory in the besieged town of Sderot.
The plastics factory that was hit quickly went up in flames and an adjacent paint factory also caught fire. Both facilities burned to the ground, though firefighters were able, after an hour-long struggle, to prevent the blaze from spreading.
Four people were lightly wounded in the attack. Fortunately, because the missile strike took place on Shabbat, there were no workers inside the factories at the time.
Earlier in the weekend, two medium-range missiles fired at the southern Israel port city of Ashkelon were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Ashkelon is also home to a large industrial center that is extremely vulnerable to missile attack.
The attacks from Gaza have intensified since the June 12 abduction of three Jewish teenagers in Judea (the so-called “West Bank”).
Israel responded to the weekend barrage with pinpoint strikes on Hamas and other terrorist targets throughout Gaza. A Palestinian surveillance camera caught one such strike in which a vehicle transporting two wanted men suddenly exploded after being hit by an Israeli guided missile.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday said that Israel must once again seriously consider the option of reconquering the Gaza Strip.
“We have to decide if we are heading to a scenario of re-taking full control of the strip,” he told Army Radio. “We’ve seen that a limited operation just strengthens Hamas, so the alternative is clear. There is no scenario in between.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at the weekly cabinet meeting that all options were on the table.