Video reportedly shows Israeli children trying to reach shelter during Palestinian missile strike

Video reportedly shows Israeli children trying to reach shelter during Palestinian missile strike
While the fighting between Israel and Hamas has been going on for years, it has increased in recent months due in part to weekly border protests organized by Hamas. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A video reportedly shows Israeli children trying to crowd into a bomb shelter during a Palestinian missile attack on the city of Sderot.

What happened?

Three people were injured in the attack on Sderot. Hamas viewed this attack as retaliation for Israel killing two of its soldiers. Those soldiers were killed during an Israeli strike on a Hamas military post Tuesday, which was in turn an Israeli response to Palestinian militant fire on Israeli troops.

The Israeli military confirmed that Hamas had fired at least 36 rockets from Gaza on Wednesday. Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system reportedly destroyed several of these missiles.

In the video, a rocket can be seen arching across the sky. This rocket appears to be destroyed mid-flight. Moments later, an explosion can be heard, as black smoke billows from what looks like another missile strike. A mob of children, some covering their ears, pushes and shoves each other as they try to enter a small door in what appears to be some sort of a shelter. Some carry infants.

The Times of Israel identified the video as having been taken in Sderot during the attack.

In response to this attack, Israel launched attacks on Gaza, hitting 12 Hamas sites.

According to the Israeli military, these included “an offensive maritime terror tunnel … several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip … rocket manufacturing facilities and a central logistical military complex.”

What’s next?

While the fighting between Israel and Hamas has been going on for years, it has increased in recent months due in part to weekly border protests organized by Hamas. These protesters frequently launch burning rags and incendiary devices into Israeli territory attached to kites and balloons. Fires from these have burned crops, killed animals, and destroyed forests.

In the past four months, 158 Palestinians have been killed, including 24 minors. Israel has accused Hamas of using civilians and children as human shields, and of using the protests as cover to try to carry out attacks.