Man killed in rocket attack on Sderot
At least three Qassams land in southern town on Sunday morning. Oshri Oz, 36, seriously injured as rocket lands near his car, dies of his wounds at hospital; another person lightly hurt and several people suffer from shock. Earlier, Qassam causes damage to community center
A man was killed Sunday morning in the southern town of Sderot after a rocket landed near the car he was sitting in.
The man, 36-year-old Oshri Oz of Hod Hasharon, crashed into the wall with his car after it was hit. He managed to get out of the vehicle and take a number of steps before collapsing. He was evacuated to the Barzilay Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he died of his wounds.
Oz was a computer technician who used to visit Sderot often as part of his work. He was survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
Another resident was lightly hurt and several others suffered from shock. An additional Qassam exploded near Sderot.
Last week, another woman was killed in Sderot after being hit by a rocket near the town's commercial center.
Ricki Ben-David, a woman living close by, told Ynet about the incident. "I heard the alert system and then the whistle over my head. My house was shaken by the shock wave. I went out to see what happened and saw a man lying on the floor.
Car hit by rocket (Photo: Tsafrir Abayov)
Children waiting for buses to take them to distant schools panicked upon hearing the alert system and the explosions which followed.
The Color Red rocket alert system was activated in Sderot just before 7 am on Sunday, followed by explosion sounds. Sappers and firefighters found the remnants of a Qassam rocket between a community center and an apartment building.
The new community center suffered slight damage following the explosion. The Sderot Municipality reported that the incident caused a lot of panic in the neighborhood and that only a miracle prevented injuries.
The rocket barrages did not stop over the weekend. On Saturday evening, five Qassams landed across the western Negev, one of them completely destroying an apartment.
Sderot community center following attack (Photo: Tsafrir Abayov)
Meanwhile, the IDF continued its airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, bombing another two posts belonging to Hamas' special force, on the Gaza City neighborhood of Sheikh Raduan and the other in the Jabalya refugee camp.
Ten posts of the special force were destroyed in one day, and have in fact become Hamas' weak point in the current conflict.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday that the Israeli strikes were "part of an international and regional plan to change the political map in the (Palestinian) Authority." He estimated that the attacks were aimed at weakening Hamas in favor of forces which would be more convenient for Israel.
The special force's spokesman also noted that the strikes were aimed at helping those among the Palestinians who "do not side with us," hinting at Fatah members.
Officials in the PA have recently called for a renewal of the ceasefire, but officials in Jerusalem have made it clear that they would not accept the calls for now.
Shmulik Hadad and Ali Waked contributed to the report