The barrage of rockets on southern Israeli communities continued on Friday afternoon with two Grad rockets being fired towards Ashdod from the Gaza Strip. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted one of the rockets, while the other exploded in the vicinity.
The security forces began searching the region for the explosion site. It was not immediately clear whether injuries or damage were caused.
The Color Red alert system went off in Gedera, the Beer Tuvia Regional Council and other area towns.
Intercepted rocket's tracks in afternoon sky (reader photo)
"We knew this was going to be a stormy Satruday," Milan Wisebloom, an Ashdod resident, told Ynet. "We are ready for the Grad rockets, but (the IDF) must embark on a military operation in Gaza. Everything depends on the government, but they're afraid of the global outcry."
Earlier Friday, around 3 pm, a Qassam fired from the Strip exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council; around noon, two Qassam rockets hit the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
The morning saw a Qassam rocket exploding in an open area in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. A Color Red alarm sounded in the area.
No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.
The IDF carried out a strike
against two targets in the Gaza Strip overnight which Palestinian reports claim left one person dead.
Rocket that hit Shaar Hanegev (Photo: Roee Idan)
Gaza sources said that a Hamas training camp near Gaza city was hit in the strike and that shrapnel hit nearby residential buildings. One person was killed and 25 others, mostly women and children, were wounded as a result.
The Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported that among the victims were seven members of one family. According to the report, the person killed is 38-year-old Bahajat Zaalan. Among the victims are seven children between the ages of six months and 13, two of whom are in serious condition.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that the air raid involved "additional blasts which were caused by the presence of arms in terrorist centers that were attacked." The statement noted that "the IDF regrets injuries caused to innocents but stresses that Hamas is accountable."
The strike was a response to the firing of five rockets
at south Israel on Thursday. The fire came several hours after two Al-Aqsa Brigades' operatives were killed
in an IAF strike in Gaza Strip.
Shmulik Hadad and Ilana Curiel contributed to this report