Palestinians in north Gaza fired three Qassams toward the western Negev Thursday morning.
Two rockets landed in Sderot, with one of them causing damage to homes and vehicles. A second rocket landed in an open field on another city street, while the third landed in a nearby kibbutz and damaged a dairy barn.
The al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, claimed responsibility for the attack on Sderot Friday morning.
A spokesman on behalf of the organization told Ynet that the rockets were “a response to the assassination of a senior in the organization in Nablus tonight”.
Several residents who suffered from shock as a result of the attack were treated by Magen David Adom paramedics. One of them was taken to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for further treatment.
One of the rockets landed near the Cohen family home in Sderot. Matan Cohen was seriously wounded last December when a Qassam landed near him just outside the house. His friend, Adir Bassad, also sustained serious injuries in the attack.
Matan’s father Avi told Ynet, “During today’s (Friday) attack we were inside the house when we heard the Color Red alert system go off followed by a loud blast. We managed to make our way to the secure room. A rocket landed a few meters from our house and damaged its walls and windows. My son’s car was also damaged; so was mine. The shrapnel hit a few homes nearby.
“The situation here is very difficult. The problem is that it has gone on for too long, and we don’t see anyone taking the necessary action” Avi said. “We are certain that if these attacks would have taken place somewhere else the government would have acted differently.”
Thursday night a Qassam launched from Gaza landed in a kibbutz located in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported. The al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Also on Thursday, a number of Israelis from the Tel Aviv vicinity drove south and fired improvised missiles towards Gaza, in an effort to raise awareness of the difficult situation in Sderot.
The group used a projectile-launcher built by Yahav Michaeli - a stunts and pyrotechnics expert - to lob organic eggs and vegetables towards Beit Hanoun.