Qassam hits parking lot (Illustration)
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Qassam hit damages vehicles
Rocket hits Sderot parking lot before dawn; no wounded but cars, bus damaged in attack

Sderot residents say they experienced a number of miracles in the town lately when Qassam rockets hit houses and schools but their occupants managed to escape harm. Another such incident was added to their list Saturday morning, when a rocket landed on Havatzelet Street around 4:00 a.m., across from a girls’ high school which was vacant due to the Sabbath.


Following the attack, the IDF retaliated with artillery fire aimed at the source of attacks in northern Gaza. Since early Saturday morning, over 100 shells were fired at the area, army sources said.


The Qassam rocket caused damage to the parking lot where it landed and to a bus, van and private car parked in the lot. Military security coordinator Koby Hersho told Ynet that the noise accompanying the rocket strike woke up local residents at the early hour, but the calmed down when they realized that once again luck was on their side and the incident ended with damage to property only. Security forces arrived at the scene and dealt with the Qassam remnants.


Earlier this week, shortly before 6:00 a.m., four rockets werefired towards Israel. One of them scored a direct hit on a house in Sderot located a few dozen meters from the home of Defense Minister Amir Peretz. It damaged the houses’ external walls.


Family members were at home but none of them were hurt. Another rocket hit the roof of a home then landed in the yard. A third rocket landed in another Western Negev community, while the fourth landed in an open field. None of the attacks resulted in any casualties.


Roughly three weeks ago a Qassam scored a direct hit on a classroom in a Sderot high school. In that incident as well, by chance there were no students in the room when the rocket hit as there were in the prayer hall conducting morning prayers. The Qassam damaged the classroom and another room.


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