Rocket landing site in Gedera
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Infant lightly hurt in rocket attack on Gedera

Grad fired from northern Gaza explodes near house; three-month-old girl hurt, several people treated for shock. Earlier, rockets fired at Netivot, Eshkol Regional Council

A Grad rocket fired from north Gaza Tuesday morning exploded near a house in the city of Gedera, located between Rehovot and Ashdod.


Magen David Adom emergency services said a three-month-old girl sustained minor injuries in the attack and a number of people suffered shock.


A Gedera resident who lives in close proximity to the house told Ynet, "No siren was sounded before the rocket hit. It's very scary. I don’t want to leave the city, that isn't the solution, but we should at least be warned of incoming projectiles so we can take cover in secure rooms."


According to Gedera Regional Council Head Yoel Gamliel, "the sirens were activated for a few seconds, but some of them malfunctioned. We are looking into it with the IDF's Home Front Command. The sirens will be repaired."


Members of the Kidron family suffered their greatest blow when their one-year-old dog Sili was killed from shrapnel in the yard. Twelve-year-old daughter Shir who was staying in a room on the ground floor was saved after running to the shelter when the siren was sounded. The room she was previously in was completely destroyed.


Recounting her experience, Shir said, "I heard the siren and just like we practiced at school and heard on television, I went down to the shelter, I called my dad, and suddenly there was a loud blast outside, it was frightening, when I went outside I saw that our dog had been hit.


"Obviously it was scary, but I was on the phone with my dad the whole time and afterwards he came here. Only when I went outside did I see the whole mess."


'Home Front Command instructions save lives'

The father, Avital Kidron, who rushed home from work said this was nothing short of a miracle, adding, "There is no other word to describe it, a few seconds earlier the girl was in this room that is now in ruins, if she had stayed there, she wouldn't have survived. I am so proud of her for acting according to the Home Front Command's instructions."


"I was at work, I heard the siren and then my daughter called me from the shelter. It's hard to describe the moments of anxiety. I rushed home and when I got there, I realized it had fallen close, but I didn't know it had actually hit the house.


"It's simply a miracle what happened here, but there is no doubt that whoever listens to the Home Front Command's instructions is saving lives. This is exactly what happened here."


Earlier, a Qassam rocket landed in an open area in the Negev's Eshkol Regional Council, while another rocket hit an open area near Netivot. There were no reports of injury or damage in either attack.


Two more rockets landed in the western Negev overnight, but caused no harm.


Monday saw some 40 rockets and mortars fired toward Israeli territory. Two people suffered moderate wounds when a mortar landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. Later, two Grad rockets were fired at Ashkelon but caused no injury or damage.


Army officials estimated that the rocket fire emanating from Gaza will not end anytime soon despite the IDF's ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled territory. "Hamas may even try to increase the attacks as the army's activities on the ground continue," one official said.


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