Avi Aptelboim, head of the community's emergency squad, reported that "a Color Red siren was sounded at around 4 am, followed by a rocket which landed inside the community, near the packing-house. The packing-house sustained heavy damage and it won't be operated today. There were no injuries, thank God."
"The rocket landed right next to the packing-house. The equipment near the packing-house was damaged, and the building itself sustained damage from shrapnel," said one of the residents.
One of the factory's workers, Danny Yagal, said: "We woke up to the same reality we have been living in for many years now. We're going on with our lives. This is one of many, and I assume there will be more. The packing-house will remain closed today and we have informed all workers. We are handling the damage."
'Damage is damage'
Following the hit, the residents gathered for a prayer at a local synagogue, in gratitude for the fact that there were no injuries.
Council head Meir Yifrach said, "We may have forgotten about this thing in the past months, and the damage isn't that great, but damage is damage. It's important for the government to understand that we have not reached peace and quiet and that there is no state of calm yet.
Packing house sustains heavy damage (Photo: Herzel Yosef)
"It's all a matter of calm, and Hamas continues to arm itself. I would expect the government to continue the fortification process and the bomb shelters so that we could be more relaxed. We must wake up, instead of being reminded of the situation over and over again."
On Monday afternoon, the Israel Air Force struck in Gaza shortly after a mortar shell fired from the northern Strip landed in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. A gunman was hurt while firing an antitank missile.
On Thursday night, IAF aircraft bombed a weapons warehouse in northern Gaza and two smuggling tunnels in the southern Strip in response to the firing of mortar shells and rockets into Israel.