This Ongoing War..
08 October '12..
From Times of Israel's coverage of today's massive attack
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired more than 30 rockets and mortars — with some Israeli media outlets reporting over 50 rockets — into southern Israel early Monday morning, causing damage to a residential building. Most of the shells landed in open areas and there were no injuries reported. However, one of the rockets landed in a petting zoo, killing two goats and wounding nine other goats, according to a Maariv report.
Channel 10 quoted a military official in the Southern Command as saying that the firing of such large numbers of rockets was made possible by the use of sophisticated launchers capable of shooting several rockets at once. According to the report, the launchers were remotely operated, making it unnecessary for the launchers to be present at the site and allowing them to remain hidden from the Israeli military’s sight.
Residents of the Eshkol Regional Council were instructed to remain in their safe rooms or shelters. After several hours, the IDF said the area’s residents could leave their shelters, but advised they should remain 15 seconds away from a secure area.
The latest exchange of fire between Israel and the Gaza Strip, according to some officials the most serious flare-up in months along that border, came after an Israeli Air Force strike in the Gaza Strip targeted a motorcycle bearing what the IDF said were two Palestinian terrorists, badly injuring both of them. Palestinian sources said one of the two subsequently died of his injuries. Maan News cited Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip saying that a total of 11 Palestinians were injured in the air strike, including five minors.
In response, terrorists belonging to the Islamist group Hamas that rules Gaza and a smaller hardline offshoot, Islamic Jihad, fired some 30 rockets toward Israel’s southern border on Monday morning, causing some property damage but no casualties, according to an Israeli military spokeswoman... Gaza-based terrorists have fired over 500 rockets and mortars at nearby Israeli towns and kibbutzim since the beginning of 2012.
The last of the major Jewish festival days (Simchat Torah) of the High Holyday season ended in the past half hour, and we will be taking time later tonight to fill in some of the missing details here.