Middle East Clash

Hamas Rocket Attacks Down

Israel's initial rationale for initiating war with Gaza was reducing rocket attacks from Hamas. While Israeli leaders have since expanded the plan to include degrading Hamas' military capacity and even undermining its hold on power, the IDF says that its initial goal of stopping rocket fire has been at least somewhat successful, with attacks down by 50 percent since the beginning of the war. Some 22 rockets still struck Israel Sunday, including one that hit an empty playground in Ashdod. 21 rockets landed in Southern Israel on Saturday.