A four-storey building in Ashkelon sustained a direct hit from a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza Sunday morning. Two people sustained light shrapnel wounds in the attack, and five others suffered from anxiety. The rocket penetrated the building through its roof.
Another rocket landed near a different residential building and damaged parked cars. Two additional projectiles that were launched toward the city were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
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Earlier, rockets were fired toward the Sdot Negev, Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol regional councils, but caused no injury or damage.
Ashkelon building hit by rocket (Photo: Ido Erez)
Sirens were also sounded in Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi and Be'er Tuvia. The Iron Dome system intercepted another two rockets that were launched toward Ashdod, Gan Yavne and Hof Ashkelon.
The second rocket in Ashkelon landed on a sidewalk, near the entrance to the home of Rafi Shahaf, who said: "My friend called and told me 'your wife is fine, but your car is totaled.'"
His wife mina said, "When I heard the siren I entered the secure room. Then I hear a loud blast, so I understood the rocket landed nearby. When I heard voices went outside and saw the severe damage that was caused. The car was on fire. I was shocked."
Meanwhile, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said Israeli aircraft attacked some 50 terror targets throughout Gaza overnight, including some 30 underground rocket launchers. Severe damage was caused to arms caches belonging to terror organizations, the army said. The Air Force also attacked Hamas training camps.
Palestinians reported that a one and a half year old infant was killed in one of the attacks in central Gaza, adding that his two brothers – aged four and five – were severely wounded.
IDF strike in Gaza, Sunday (Photo: Reuters)
The Israeli Navy took part in the attacks on Gaza, as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its fifth day.
The army also attacked weapons smuggling tunnels in the Rafah area, near Gaza's border with Egypt.
More than 1,000 terror targets in Gaza have been attacked by IDF forces since the operation began last week. So far, 52 Palestinians have been killed and some 400 more were injured.
The army continued with the recruitment of reserve soldiers on Sunday ahead of a possible ground offensive in Gaza.
The IDF said that of the 850 rockets fired toward Israel since the operation began, 500 landed in open areas and less than 40 hit residential areas. The army severely damaged long-range rocket launchers during the campaign, and it is currently focusing on destroying those that remain functional.
Meanwhile, an Israeli official confirmed that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are working to bring about a ceasefire and are conducting talks with senior Hamas figures in Cairo. However, the official said, currently there in no outline in place that would facilitate a truce.