To begin, Israeli spokespeople frequently remind the world that a million Israeli citizens are within range of Gaza rockets, twelve thousand of which have been fired into Israel in the last twelve years, inflicting thousands of injuries and several dead.
However, we are rarely told exactly how many people have been killed by these rocket attacks.
Counting the dead
Below is a list of all the fatalities of rocket and mortar attacks fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel in the entire history of these attacks. Throughout the years of rocket attacks into Israel, a total of 26 people have been killed altogether.
Fatalities from rocket and mortar attacks in Israel from the Gaza Strip
|Date of attack||Name||Age||Location||Weapon|
|2004.06.28||Afik Ohion Zehavi||4||Sderot||Qassam|
|2004.09.29||Dorit (Masarat) Benisian||2||Sderot||Qassam|
|2005.07.15||Dana Gelkowitz||22||Moshav Nativ Ha‘asara||Qassam|
|2006.03.28||Salam Ziadin*||?||Nahal Oz||Qassam‡|
|2006.03.28||Khalid Ziadin*||16||Nahal Oz||Qassam‡|
|2008.05.09||Jimmy Kedoshim||48||Kibbutz Kfar Aza||mortar|
|2008.05.12||Shuli Katz||70||Moshav Yesha||Qassam|
|2008.06.05||Amnon Rosenberg||51||Kibbutz Nir-Oz||mortar|
|2008.12.29||Lutfi Nasraladin*†||38||IDF base near Nahal Oz||mortar|
|2008.12.29||Hani al Mahdi*||27||Ashkelon||Grad|
|2010.03.18||Manee Singueanphon*||30||Moshav Nativ Ha‘asara||Qassam|
|2011.08.20||Yossi Shushan||38||Be’er sheva||Grad|
|2012.11.15||Yitzchak Amsalem||24||Kiryat Malachi||rocket|
|2012.11.15||Mira Sharf||25||Kiryat Malachi||rocket|
|2012.11.15||Aharon Smadja||49||Kiryat Malachi||rocket|
|Total fatalities in the history of rocket and mortar attacks|
from Gaza into Israel: 26
|Operation Cast Lead: December 27, 2008–January 18, 2009|
|Operation Pillar of Cloud: November 14, 2012–|
The shaded rows in the table refer to fatalities sustained during Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008–January 18, 2009) and Operation Pillar of Cloud(November 14, 2012–).
Note that of the 26 fatalities from rocket and mortar attacks, more than one out of every four deaths occurred during these two operations, which were ostensibly designed to deter rocket attacks. More