Israeli authorities have declared an emergency situation near the Gaza border on Tuesday, 12 November, following retaliatory attacks after the assassination of a Palestinian militant commander.
As of Wednesday morning (local time), 13 November, over 220 rockets have been fired toward Israel from Gaza in retaliation for the assassination of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander.
According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), 90% of the rockets launched have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. At least 46 Israelis were treated for minor injuries on Tuesday as a result of the barrage.
In response, the IDF has carried out multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip targeting PIJ
facilities and training compounds.
Officials with Gaza's Health Ministry said that at least eight people have been killed and 45 others wounded in the territory due to Israeli airstrikes. Retaliatory rocket and cross-
border attacks by PIJ and other militant organizations are likely to continue over the
coming hours and days. Further IDF operations along the border and in the Gaza Strip are
All train services were reportedly suspended in the area. In addition, at around 1:30 PM
IST, a factory in Sderot was directly struck by a rocket from Gaza. More than two dozen
Israelis have been injured.
Depicted below in the map are the areas where rocket fire has been struck or intercepted
since the morning of 12 November.
Mitigating Measures to Consider Applying:
Monitor local media closely for updates and warnings (IDF Twitter provides situational updates)
Familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest rocket shelter
Listen for sirens and take them seriously (30-60 seconds is all the warning you will receive)
Download the app “Red Alert Israel” for your phone to warn of incoming rocket fire
Review alerts and restrictions provided by local authorities
Avoid the Gaza Strip
Use caution and remain aware of your surroundings
Check airports for flight delays or cancellations
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