A Qassam rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday hit a home in the city of Sderot.
Seven people suffering from shock were taken to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. A number of buildings were damaged in the strike.
“We heard a very loud blast,” one resident told Ynet. “My relatives who live on the other side of town also hear the explosion. The rocket landed next to us, and I felt my house shudder. Shrapnel was flying all over the place.
“Most of the homes here are old and don’t contain secure rooms. The population here is poor; the people cannot afford building their own secure rooms. It’s a miracle no one was killed in the attack,” he said.
Sderot resident Moshe Moreno said, ‘We are frightened; you sit in front of the computer and suddenly hear a blast that rocks the whole house. I have no shelter or secure room, so if a Qassam lands inside my home - God help me.
“Four months ago we were visited by officials from the municipality and the Defense Ministry who asked us where we wanted the new shelters to be located. But now it turns out there is no budget to build these shelters. To them, the lives of other people are worth nothing,” he said.
Moran Rada contributed to the report