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Ashdod Synagogue Hit by Gaza Rocket

August 22, 2014 By:
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Police and emergency services survey the damage from a rocket attack on an Ashdod synagogue. Photo courtesy of Israel police.

Scores of rockets were fired at Israel Friday, one mortally wounding a child in Sha’ar HaNegev, and another lightly injuring three people at an Ashdod synagogue. 

The Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council announced the boy’s death. News reports have said that he was 4.

Earlier in the day heavy rocket and mortar fire on southern Israel moderately wounded another Israeli in Beersheva, Haaretz reported.

Two men in their 20s and a woman in her 40s were injured by shrapnel from the Ashdod rocket. All three were taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

A senior medic told Haaretz that the rocket damaged the synagogue. “There was a great commotion and many hysterical frightened people,” the medic added.

In Gaza, Hamas reportedly killed 18 Palestinians suspected of being Israeli collaborators on Friday. Seven were reportedly shot in a public execution outside, and another 11 were executed at the Gaza City police headquarters.

The action came after Israel assassinated three top Hamas officials.


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