Israeli boy, 4, killed by rocket fire; synagogue strike injures 3


(JTA) — Scores of rockets were fired at Israel, with one mortally wounding a 4-year-old boy in Shaar HaNegev.

The Shaar HaNegev Regional Council, in southern Israel, announced the boy’s death.

Another rocket lightly injured three at an Ashdod synagogue. Two men in their 20s and a woman in her 40s were injured by shrapnel from the rocket. They were taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

A senior medic told Haaretz that the rocket damaged the synagogue.

“There was a great commotion and many hysterical, frightened people,” the medic said.

Earlier in the day, heavy rocket and mortar fire on southern Israel moderately wounded another Israeli in Beersheba, Haaretz reported.

In Gaza, Hamas reportedly killed 18 Palestinians suspected of being Israeli collaborators on Friday. Seven reportedly were shot in a public execution outside and another 11 were executed at the Gaza City police headquarters.

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