Four IDF soldiers sustained light injuries when a mortar fired from Gaza hit the Negev's Eshkol Regional Council Saturday morning.
Earlier, a Grad rocket fired toward a community in the Be'er Tuvia Regional Council landed in the yard of a house, causing the house severe damage.
Miriam Sarusi, 62, who lives in the house with a bedridden mother said, "We heard the siren, but there is no secure room in the house and mother cannot be moved, so I just sat by her bed, said a prayer and told her not to be afraid. A short while later we heard a very loud boom. Everything shook. It was as though the rocket landed inside the house."
The mother, Rina Sarusi, said "I was very frightened but couldn't get up and run for cover. But I really fear for the soldiers. The government should attack with planes, not soldiers."
House damaged in Be'er Tuvia (Photo: Avi Rokach)
Some 60 rockets were fired at Israel since the early hours of Saturday morning. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted several others.
Rocket that landed near Be'er Tuvia house (Photo: Zeev Trachtman)
Meanwhile, sources in Gaza said nine Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes carried out Saturday morning. Since 6 pm Thursday the IDF attacked more than 200 terror targets throughout Gaza, including 120 rocket launchers and more than 20 smuggling tunnels in Rafah.
Saturday morning saw Israeli aircraft strike a terror cell that was preparing to launch rockets toward. Three terrorists were hit. In addition, the army killed a Hamas officer who was in charge of air defense. More than 830 terror targets have been attacked since Operation Pillar of Defense was launched on Wednesday.
Palestinian sources in Gaza said the IDF targeted a motorcyclist in the south Gaza town of Khan Younis. According to the report, one Palestinian was killed in the aerial strike.
Later it was reported that three people were killed in an Israeli strike east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp.
In addition, three people were killed in an IDF strike in the al-Zahour neighborhood, located west of Rafah in the southern part of the coastal enclave. Another Palestinian was killed and three others were wounded in an IDF strike in Deir al-Balah.
According to the report, another person was killed in an attack on a terror cell in Rafah's al-Sulan neighborhood.