Gaza Shot 1,600 Rockets at Israel as More Than 80 Palestinians Killed

Tel Aviv (dpa) – Palestinian militants have now fired more than 1,600 rockets from Gaza at Israel since the latest flare-up of fighting began earlier this week, Israel’s military said early on Thursday.

Around 400 of the rockets went down over Gaza and failed to reach Israeli territory, spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said. The success rate of Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defence system continues to average a success rate of around 90 per cent at intercepting rockets, he added.

Seven people have died in Israel since the rocket launches began on Monday – six civilians and one soldier, Conricus said.

In the Gaza Strip, 83 people have died amid the fighting, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israel’s military has attacked around 600 targets in the Gaza Strip, including rocket production and storage facilities, according to Conricus.

A tunnel was also targeted that Conricus said was used partially to hide fighters. It was built under a school in a populated area.

Conricus did not give concrete answers on the size of the arsenal the Palestinian militants have. He only said they had a very large amount and still have a considerable quantity.

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Source: DPA International