Six more Qassam rockets were fired from north Gaza toward Israeli territory Wednesday evening. One fell in the sea while another landed in an open field south of Ashkelon; no injuries or damage were reported.
The IDF said a total of 20 rockets were fired from Gaza throughout the day. Earlier a rocket landed near a children’s home of a Negev kibbutz.
Following the attacks hundreds of Sderot residents took to the streets in protest of the incessant Qassam rocket fire on the city.
The demonstrators called out, ‘(Prime Minister) Ehud Olmert and (Defense Minister) Amir Peretz are in a coma; Ariel Sharon – wake up.’
A Qassam rocket launched at 10 a.m. from northern Gaza landed in the center of Sderot, where it hit an empty store in the commercial center.
'They were totally hysterical'
A woman was lightly injured and was evacuated to the Barzilai Medical Center. Several people in the area were treated for shock by Magen David Adom crews.
The rocket landed not far from the store of Sasson Sara, one of Sderot's well-know residents. Following the incident, a sort of "resident parliament" took place opposite the store. Police and security forces were dispatched to the area.
Sara told Ynet: "This is the first time a rocket lands so close. People here just started running all over the place without knowing where. They were totally hysterical. I gave people water and the atmosphere here is very difficult. The commercial activity here is hardly existent as it is. Before the rocket fell I didn’t manage to sell a thing, and now there is no chance at all."
I still believe that everything happening here is only in preparation for what is scheduled to take place here soon. We think Beit Hanoun should be erased," he added.