A Qassam rocket was fired Sunday from the northern Gaza Strip and landed in a Sderot neighborhood, near a nursery school. Several children were inside the kindergarten at the time of the attack.
The building and an electric pole were damaged, as well as some of the street lighting in the area.
Adi Rafael, who owns the apartment used by the nursery, told Ynet, "The rocket hit a hedge we built to separate between the nursery and the yard. This wall saved the children who were here, because it was very badly damages. Had the rocket hit the house, I don't want to think what would have happened."
Wall damaged near nursery (Photo: Raei Braunstein)
"Some of the children are trembling and scared, and we are all quite shocked by what have happened here," he added.
Avi Farhan, who lives nearby, rushed to the scene and said he plans to file a petition to the High Court of Justice in the coming days on behalf of Sderots' residents, calling on the government to instruct the army to act against the Qassam cells and put a stop to the attacks against Sderot.
"How long can the government continue to restrain itself, risking the residents of Sderot and the near-Gaza communities in the process?" Farhan asked, referring to a report in the cabinet meeting Sunday according to which the army was refraining from targeting Qassam cells.
Four Qassams were fired at Sderot and the western Negev on Sunday.
On Sunday morning residents of Sderot and Gaza vicinity communities again woke to the sound of the alert system, shortly after which a loud explosion was heard as a result of a Qassam that landed and exploded nearby a kibbutz belonging to the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.
A second rocket landed shortly after near a kibbutz in the area. No injuries or damages were reported in either case. A third rocket was fired in the afternoon.