Residents of the western Negev communities were awakened by a series of Color Red alerts Wednesday, as a dozen Qassam rockets fired from northern Gaza hit the area. No injuries or damage were reported.
At around 7:00 am, two rockets landed near a kibbutz in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. A third rocket followed within 30 minutes.
An hour and-a-half later, three more rockets were fired: One landed near a Sderot school, the second landed in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council's industrial area and the third in an open area.
Around 2 pm, the Palestinians fired four rockets at Israel. One landed in Sdot Negev Regional Council limits, another in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council limits and the third near Sderot. The fourth landing site has yet to be located.
Wednesday's salvo came after a rocket-ridden day, as terrors groups in Gaza fired 16 Qassams and over 20 mortar shells on the area Tuesday. The rockets landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils, with some landing south of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported in the barrage.
Tuesday's fire prompted Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal to call on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to fight the growing resident abandonment of the area by offering those staying an array of governmental benefits; but Sderot residents were skeptical of the notion ever materializing.
Ze'ev Trachtman contributed to this report