Three Israelis killed by rocket from Gaza, U.N. Security Council meets

JERUSALEM (JTA) (Global News Servcie of the Jewish People)
By Marcy Oster · November 15, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Israelis were killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit their apartment in southern Israel.

The rocket that struck the Kiryat Malachi apartment on Thursday morning — one of at least 140 rockets fired from Gaza since the assassination late Wednesday afternoon of the Hamas military chief in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari — also injured a baby girl and a 4-year-old boy. A second building in Kiryat Malachi also was hit.

On Thursday afternoon, two rockets hit Rishon Lezion, located about 10 miles south of Tel Aviv.

The deaths were the first fatalities suffered by Israel in its escalating confrontation with Hamas. Rockets continued to rain down on communities in southern Israel overnight into Thursday. Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces bombed about 100 medium- and long-range rocket launch and infrastructure sites throughout Gaza, according to the IDF spokesman.