Israeli Man Dead in Direct Gaza Rocket Strike

More than 400 terrorist rockets pound southern Israel, prompting fierce IDF response and Hamas threats to hit Tel Aviv

By Dov Eilon |
The scene where a 58-year-old man was killed from shrapnel wounds after his house was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon southern Israel on May 5, 2019. Photo: Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90

Gaza rockets continued to pound southern Israel on Sunday morning, leaving a father of four dead in the coastal city of Ashkelon.

Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip have since Saturday morning fired more than 400 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns and villages. A predawn barrage around 2:30 am Sunday morning targeted the nearby port of Ashkelon. There, a 58-year-old resident, Moshe Agadi, was standing dangerously close to a window when a rocket landed in the courtyard of his home. Shrapnel flew through the window hitting Agadi in the chest. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after at a local hospital.

Video: Scene of the fatal rocket attack in Ashkelon (Photo: Noam Rivkin Fenton / Flash90)

Israel responded to the incessant terrorist rocket fire by bombing more than 200 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets across the Gaza Strip.

The terrorists then issued a counter-threat, saying they would extend the range of the rocket attacks to Tel Aviv and beyond if Israel did not halt its military reprisals.

Already overnight, the terrorists added Beersheva to their list of targets. Israel’s vaunted Iron Dome managed to intercept most of the missiles fired at the capital of the Negev, but two rockets did reach the city, one hitting a local school and the other a private home. 

Israel’s Iron Dome in action in the skies over Ashkelon

Nor did the terrorist rockets discriminate between Jews and Arabs. Two people were wounded in the Bedouin town of Lakia.

Schools across the southern region of Israel were closed on Sunday, and some 200,000 children were told to stay home and close to a bomb shelter.


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