Mon, 7 July: 9:10 PM
During the last hour, the south of Israel has been attacked with over fifty rockets. At first, barrages were directed at Beer Sheva, Netivot and Ofakim in addition to Sderot and the Gaza settlements, where mortar fire falls incessantly.
Forty minutes ago, at 8:30 PM, two consecutive sirens sounded in Ashdod. Each siren gives a 38-second warning to take cover. I heard ten explosions; four seemed to be the Iron Dome interceptor missiles, and six sounded like Katyushas. One missile was intercepted quite near our neighborhood. To the best of my knowledge, one person here in Ashdod has suffered shrapnel injuries.
Hamas, who has claimed responsibility for the recent barrages, is greatly escalating the conflict. A siren went off in Bet Shemesh, where one Katyusha rocket fell in an open field less than an hour ago.
At this time, sirens are sounding south of here, in Ashkelon.
Hopefully later, we'll be back with a broader emuna news update. May we hear good tidings...