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Palestinians ride a horse-drawn cart at the site of an Israeli air strike, in Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip

IDF Struck 16 Targets in Gaza Overnight in Response to 100 Rockets

A total of 104 rockets were fired into Israel between Tuesday and Wednesday, most by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad with some minor participation from Hamas, the IDF confirmed on Wednesday morning, May 3.

Of the 104 rockets fired into Israel, 11 fell in the sea, 14 fell in Gaza, 24 were shot down by Iron Dome, 48 fell in open areas and the IDF said that the location of the remaining 7 was still unclear.

In response, Israel countered with approximately 16 airstrikes, mostly on Hamas positions, to hold the group responsible for what occurred in Gaza.

IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Daniel Hagari said that despite an apparent ceasefire starting around 5:30 a.m. “all options are on the table” should any Palestinian group fire additional rockets at Israel.

Most of the Israeli strikes in Gaza focused on Hamas’ armament capabilities, including weapons factories, operational headquarters for its naval forces, underground tunnels, and other similar sites, with indications that only one Hamas member was killed.

Hagari said that Hamas had participated with land-to-air missiles against Israeli aircraft which were not particularly effective, but had mostly left the fighting to Islamic Jihad, which was an early sign that Hamas did not want a major conflict.

He also rejected media estimates of Iron Dome's effectiveness dropping to 70%, saying its effectiveness remained around 90%. Lastly, he said that only three people were injured directly by rocket fire, including a foreign worker from China in Sderot, who remains the only moderately injured person on the Israeli side. (JPost / VFI News)

 “But the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.” - Proverbs 2:22