Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel resumed on Tuesday evening after a short respite. The barrage was launched in the early evening hours, with two Qassam rockets and eight mortar shells landing in and around communities in the western Negev.
The rockets landed south of Ashkelon and in the Sha'ar HaNegev and Eshkol Regional Councils. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.
Police cordon off impact site (Photo: Ben Cohen)
In all, over 20 mortar shells and 15 Qassam rockets have been fired towards Israel throughout the course of the day. Magen David Adom emergency crews tended to five people who were lightly wounded by rockets in Sderot, including one woman who injured her leg while running for cover. Two additional people were treated for shock.
The Islamic Jihad and the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, claimed responsibility for the most of the rocket fire.
Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday in order to discuss the recent barrage of Qassam rocket attacks on the city. The two discussed the effects of the rocket attacks, including the recent abandonment of Sderot by many of its residents.