House hit by rocket
Photo: Zeev Trachtman
One man moderately injured by Qassam attack in Sderot
Victim sustains shrapnel wounds to face and limbs, several people suffer from shock; house sustains direct hit in earlier attack. Nine rockets fired at Israel from northern Gaza since Thursday morning

Two Qassam rockets hit Sderot Thursday evening one of which caused damage to a structure in the battered town. One man was moderately wounded from shrapnel to his face and limbs. A few others suffered shock in the incident. Magen David Adom teams administered first-aid to the injured.


The second rocket landed in a residential neighborhood igniting a small blaze. At least nine rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza on Thursday.


Around 7 pm, the Color Red warning system went off in Sderot and a few seconds two rockets cam sailing through the air. Residents reported hearing a loud explosion.


Earlier in the day, two rockets landed in the town one of which scored a direct hit on a house. Elisheva Turjeman, the owner of the house hit, found it difficult to talk after the shuddering experience.


"We were at home with the children, there was a very loud explosion, and the entire house was hit," she told Ynet. "We managed to get to the secured room and take shelter. It was a real miracle. I still can't believe we escaped it unharmed."


"We heard a very loud explosion, and I immediately understood that the house was directly hit," one of the residents on the street told Ynet. "Our houses all shook and the windowpanes were damaged.


"The rocket entered the house's living room through the roof. Several of the family members were at home at that time, and only a miracle prevented their injury. They are extremely frightened. There is an elderly sick lady there. It's simply a miracle that no one was injured."

Damage caused to living room (Photo: Zeev Trachtman)


The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing the rockets.


Thursday morning, five additional Qassam rockets were fired at Israel from northern Gaza, landing in open areas.


Simultaneously, mortar shells were fired at communities within the Eshkol Regional Council, without causing injuries or damage.


Ali Waked and Zeev Trachtman contributed to this report


First published: 06.03.08, 14:33
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