As rocket launches top 150, IDF says it struck over 100 Hamas targets

As rocket launches top 150, IDF says it struck over 100 Hamas targets

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (2nd left) meet with top seucirty officials at IDF military’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, early Thursday, August 9, 2018 (Defense Ministry)

The Israeli army struck over 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday night in response to continuous barrages of rockets fired at Israel from the territory, the IDF said early Thursday.

The military said over 150 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli communities since Wednesday evening. Most of the rockets hit open areas. The Iron Dome defense system — which targets only missiles projected to strike communities — destroyed 25 of the rockets.

However, several hit homes and factories in Israeli communities, causing damage. One barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot Wednesday evening injured three Israelis. At least eight others were treated for panic attacks, including two pregnant women who went into labor.