Three Qassams fired from the northern Gaza Strip during the early hours of Saturday morning caused severe damage in Sderot. No injuries were reported, but one woman suffered from anxiety.
A few more rockets landed in an open field near a kibbutz in the Negev; no injuries or damage were reported.
Sderot residents were awakened at 1:30 am by the sound of a Qassam that landed on Hativat Hanegev Street in an Orthodox neighborhood in the city. Five vehicles that were parked on the street were damaged, and two of them caught fire. The landing sites of two more rockets have not been located as of yet.
Panic in Sderot (Photo: Moran Elmaliach)
"There was a lot of commotion; firefighters, police and Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the scene," said Nikolai Avramov, whose car was damaged in the attack. "The children are used to the noise, but the nighttime attack was harder on them.
"I made a mistake when I brought an apartment here seven years ago," he told Ynet, "I would leave, but who'll buy the apartment from me now?"
Throughout the day many Sderot residents flocked to Hativat Hanegev Street to witness the damage caused by the Qassams.
"The 'Color Red' alert system is rarely activated during the night, so when it did I headed out to the scene of the attack," photographer Or Tal told Ynet. "It was frightening – three burning cars and people panicking."