One man was lightly injured from shrapnel Friday afternoon when a home in Ashkelon sustained a direct Grad rocket hit. His family members, who hid in the fortified room, were not injured.
Other Ashkelon residents sustained shock, and buildings were damaged in the area. Earlier a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a house in one of the communities in the Eshkol Regional Council. Altogether 30 rockets were fired at Israel Friday by 11 pm.
Four rockets were also fired at Sderot Friday afternoon, and two other rockets landed in Ashkelon. No one was injured in the attacks on Eshkol and Sderot, but the building in Eshkol sustained massive damage.
Earlier Friday, Seven rockets were fired from northern Gaza at Israel. Four rockets landed in Ashkelon and three in Sdot Negev Regional Council limits.
One of the rockets directly hit a house in Ashkelon. Two women were lightly injured by shrapnel and several people suffered shock. Damage was caused to the building.
Hamas' military wing claimed responsibility for that attack. Shortly after the attack, Israel Air Force fighter jets located and destroyed the rocket launching pads used to strike Ashkelon. The IDF said the fire emanated from northern Gaza.
About an hour after the first barrage, three Qassams landed in the Sderot area. no injuries or damage were reported.
The mother-in-law f the woman whose house was hit told Ynet that the family was staying at a nearby shelter because their apartment did not have a fortified room. "The rocket landed on their son's room. Luckily they weren't at home, luckily they're alive," she said.
Residents who live nearby said that the explosion was clearly heard from the local shelter.