Three mortar shells were fired from Gaza towards the western Negev on Wednesday afternoon, following early morning barrages of over a dozen shells from southern Gaza. An IDF soldier operating near the Sufa border crossing with other ground forces was lightly wounded.
One of the shells landed near a house, causing damage but no injuries. The additional shells landed in open areas.
With the commencement of the barrage kibbutz residents were requested to enter fortified structures for a substantial period of time. Most of the residents in the kibbutz do not have private shelters.
Sappers handling shell (Photo: Amir Cohen)
"I live just behind where the shell hit. In those exact moments I had just stepped outside and was talking on my cell phone," kibbutz resident Doron Solomon told Ynet.
"I saw the smoke and realized it had hit very close to the house. I ran between the houses to make sure no one had been injured, but it seems as though no one was nearby. There's quite a bit of damage, I called the community's security officer so he could contact the necessary authorities."
Ze'ev Trachtman contributed to this report