Heavy Gaza barrage: Code Red sirens blare in Ashkelon, West Bank
Palestinian militants continue to fire rocket salvos towards Israel, as Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Modi’in.
Latest Update: 08.21.14, 21:46 / Israel News
Gaza militants unleashed ceaseless salvos on Israeli towns Thursday night. Shortly before 9:00 pm, air raid sirens blared in Modi’in near Jerusalem and Mateh Binyamin Regional Council in the West Bank. Iron Dome intercepted one rocket over Modi’in. After 9:30 pm, Code Red sirens sounded throughout the country’s south, in Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
Earlier in the evening, around 7:30 pm, a number of sirens sounded in Be’er Sheva and other Negev communities. Iron Dome intercepted two rockets, and three others exploded in open areas. Damage was caused to a cowshed in the Yoav Regional Council.
Immediately after the Code Red sirens sounded in Be’er Sheva, the Magen David Adom call center received a report about a pedestrian who had been hit by a car while running to a protected space in Be’er Sheva. MDA paramedics evacuated the man, who suffered a head injury, to Soroka Medical Center in the city.
In the afternoon hours, a man in his 30s sustained serious chest wounds when he was hit by rocket shrapnel in Eshkol.
The man, who was at the kibbutz children’s house with his wife, pushed one of the nursery teacher and a child into the safe room, saving their lives. Three-year-old children live in the children’s house that was hit.
“I saw a lot of blood and he looked at me. He was so strong – he was really worried the kids would see him this way,” the teacher told Ynet.
“The wounded is likely one of the children’s father. He actually shielded the children with his body,” Magen David Adom paramedic Oren Wecht said.