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Terrifying video reportedly captures the moment a rocket slammed into a bus in the Israeli city of Holon just south of Tel Aviv, wounding three people, including a 5-year-old girl.
People are seen standing in the street before a loud explosion is heard and a massive blaze erupts in the background.
The man filming the explosion is heard saying, “Calm down, I’m here, calm down!” in Hebrew after the explosion.
The Israel Defense Forces said the projectile, “one of the hundreds” fired by Hamas, struck an unoccupied passenger bus on Sokolov Street, the Israeli Ynet News reported.
Officials with Magen David Adom, the country’s EMS service, said that a 50-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 5-year-old girl were taken to a hospital.
Meanwhile, Israel’s firefighting service said Wednesday that it has almost completely extinguished a blaze at a petroleum facility in southern Israel that was struck by a rocket fired by Hamas militants.
It landed Tuesday night near a Petroleum and Energy Infrastructures Ltd. facility south of Ashkelon during a major barrage by Gaza militants.
Israel Fire and Rescue Services said that 20 teams have been working for 25 hours to extinguish the massive inferno.
Israeli state-owned Petroleum and Energy Infrastructures said the fuel had been transferred to another facility.
On Wednesday, health and environment officials have instructed residents to avoid prolonged periods outdoors as the acrid smoke was still rising over Ashkelon.
Meanwhile, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the country’s Arab leaders are “giving support to terrorism and rioting” by staying quiet about the unrest in mixed communities.
The “silence of the Arab leadership” amounts to “encouraging the rupture of the society” amid the most severe outbreak of violence since the 2014 Gaza war, he said.
Rivlin added that Israel “must pursue the rioters with a firm hand (to) restore security and order to all of us, also while fighting terrorism from Gaza without compromise.”
The death toll from the spiraling hostilities has climbed to six Israelis and at least 53 Palestinians, according to reports.
With Post wires
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