Latest news from Israel.
Fourteen rockets were fired from Gaza at the Bnei Shimon Regional Council area, Beersheba, the Eshkol Regional Council area and the Merhavim Regional Council area in one hour. No injuries or damage were reported.
Magen David Adom treated 20 Israelis on Friday, bringing the total number of people treated by MDA to 74 since the beginning of 'Operation Pillar of Defence' on Wednesday. Of the 20 people tended up to last night Friday, five were lightly injured and 15 were suffering from shock.
Yesterday, the third day of 'Operation Pillar of Defence,' the Israel Air Force struck 238 targets in the Gaza Strip. A total of 105 rockets struck Israel yesterday, while the 'Iron Dome' missile defense system shot down an additional 99 rockets and also destroyed a bomb-laden smuggling tunnel.
The Israeli cabinet has approved Defence Minister Ehud Barak's request for 75,000 reserve troops in preparation for a possible ground operation in Gaza. On Thursday, the cabinet approved 30,000 reserve troops, 16,000 of whom the IDF mobilized on Friday.
Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel last night. The missiles fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage but no injuries.
Two rockets were fired at Jerusalem from Gaza at the start of the Sabbath yesterday. Police reported there was 'no indication' that rockets landed in the city, stating that 'most likely, the rockets landed in an open area outside of Jerusalem.' Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming to have shot 'an improved Kassam,' which it called an M-75 towards Jerusalem. The launch represents the first Hamas rocket attack aimed at Jerusalem.
A friend in Israel mailed me to say: 'Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Last night, for the first time, a siren was sounded in Jerusalem. Our girls were so frightened (after some of their older friends told them that someone was trying to bomb them) that they could not sleep properly last night. Even today all they can talk about is the 'bad people' trying to kill us. Pray for wisdom in knowing how to quieten them and give them the Peace of the Lord.'