An Israel Defense Forces soldiers was moderately injured in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday morning as Palestinians opened fire at a force operating in the area.
The soldier received initial medical treatment on site and was evacuated to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba by helicopter.
Also Sunday, Gaza vicinity residents awoke to the sounds of rocket alerts and explosions. A Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in an open area within the Sdot Negev Regional Council.
Shortly afterwards, two Qassam rockets landed in open areas within the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage in both incidents.
The incidents in Gaza and its surroundings began early Sunday, as the Israel Air Force struck a Qassam launching cell in the northern Strip. The IDF reported that the cell was attacked in the Khan Younis area while preparing to launch a rocket towards Israel.
Meanwhile, the southern residents' protest continues. Some 40 farmers demonstrated at the Sufa crossing Sunday morning in protest of the ongoing rocket fire directed at the Gaza vicinity communities and the town of Sderot.
This was the third time farmers arrived at the crossing in a bid to stop the movement of trucks transferring goods into the Strip.
Hanan Greenberg, Yonat Atlas and Shmulik Hadad contributed to this report