Hanukkah Miracle: 80 Rockets, No Injuries

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The spokesman for Israel's national emergency rescue service said it was a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed by the more than 80 rockets that hit the country Wednesday.

"It was a Hanukkah miracle," Magen David Adom spokesman Yerucham Mandola said.

Though Kassam rockets, Grad missiles and mortar shells exploded near recreation areas, educational facilities, factories, playgrounds and residential neighborhoods, no one was wounded.

Nonetheless, 60 people, nearly half of them children and teenagers, were treated for shock.

On Wednesday, the government gave the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) permission to respond to the attacks.

The IDF Home Front Command began connecting all Israeli cities and towns within a 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) radius of the Gaza Strip.

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai arranged for farmers in Gaza-periphery kibbutzim and moshavim (agricultural communities) to be equipped with beeper warning systems.

Besides the rocket and mortar shell fire, Palestinian snipers from Gaza often target farmers as they're working in the fields.

IDF operations will likely include air strikes against launch sites and counter-terror operations by ground forces to ferret out explosives manufacturing facilities and arms warehouses.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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