Three Qassam rockets and four mortar shells were fired from northern Gaza towards Sderot and the western Negev Tuesday. All of the rockets landed in open fields; no injuries or damage were reported in any of the incidents.
One of the rockets landed near Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal's house, who was in the middle of a meeting regarding his possible participation in Sderot's next municipal elections.
Moyal has often said he would not seek another term in office, but sources close to him told Ynet that since many of the city's resident have told Moyal they wish him to stay in office, he is currently reconsidering his previous decision.
"We heard the Color Red alert go off in the middle of the meeting. We ran to the fortified room and learned afterwards that that rocket landed not far from my house. We were lucky no one got hurt," Moyal told Ynet.
Moyal's announcement that he may seek re-election has woken up Sderot's otherwise dormant municipal elections. Sources in the Sderot Municipality told Ynet that Moyal's strongest opponent is Achlama Peretz, wife of former Defense Minister Amir Peretz, but she has yet to announce whether she will be running for office.
Large parts of Ashkelon suffered a blackout at the same time as the Color Red alert was sounded in Sderot, sparking rumors of a direct Qassam hit on the city's power lines. The Israel Electric Corp quickly announced the blackouts were caused by a short-circuit in one of Ashkelon's high voltage lines.