ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

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Army sees sharp drop in rocket, drone attack warnings since start of war

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel over destroyed buildings, October 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)
Rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel over destroyed buildings, October 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)

The number of alerts for rocket and drone attacks — and terrorist infiltrations — has dropped significantly in recent weeks, compared to the barrages launched from the Gaza Strip in the first week of the war.

During the first four hours of Hamas’s onslaught on October 7, more than 3,000 rockets were fired. Since then, another estimated 7,000 rockets have been fired, but at a much slower pace.

According to data from the Home Front Command, 3,523 alerts were activated between October 7 and 14.

The vast majority of the alerts were issued for rocket attacks, though there have been a handful of drone attacks and some suspected infiltration alerts.

In the week of October 15 to 21, the Home Front Command issued 818 alerts; in the week of October 22 to 28, it issued 802 alerts; in the week of October 29 to November 4, it issued 582 alerts.

In the last week, from November 5 to 12, it issued 455 alerts, continuing the downward trend.

The IDF believes Hamas is stockpiling rockets for a long war, but the terror group also has difficulty launching attacks from northern Gaza where the military has gained control of the ground.

Some of the alerts in recent weeks have been activated due to attacks launched from Lebanon, by the Hezbollah terror group and allied Palestinian factions at northern Israel, and missile and drone attacks launched by the Yemen-backed Houthis on Eilat.

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