Dramatic escalation of rocket and mortar fire against Israeli civilians
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Jerusalem, Oct. 24 – After weeks of escalatory rocket fire and a cross-border bombing attack that critically injured an Israeli officer, Palestinian groups led by Iran-backed Hamas launched at least 72 rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians overnight.
The barrage means that Hamas and other terror groups have fired at least 729 rockets and mortars into Israel in 2012, surpassing the 653 fired in 2011. The pace and density of the attacks also have dramatically increased in recent weeks, raising the possibility that Hamas has evaluated the regional situation and made a strategic decision to escalate its targeting of Israeli civilians.