As the Gaza flotilla makes its way to the Strip, residents of southern Israel get a reminder that they are still under threat. Shortly after 12 am Friday, a Color Red siren was sounded throughout the city of Sderot, after a Qassam rocket was launched from the northern Gaza Strip.
Security forces located the landing site of the rocket shortly after it fell. The Qassam exploded on a road in the Shaar Hanegev industrial zone, near the city of Sderot. The force of the blast lightly damaged a nearby building, shattering its windows. A truck parked nearby was also damaged from shrapnel. No one was injured in the incident.
Thursday evening, the IDF foiled an attempted terror attack near the Gaza border fence, close to Kibbutz Nahal Oz, as Palestinians attempted to take advantage of the heavy fog in order to plant an explosive device near the fence.
Air Force aircraft opened fire at the suspects, and seven Palestinians were reportedly injured.
The Palestinians subsequently fired several mortar shells at the area, apparently in an effort to evacuate their wounded. No injuries or damages were reported among IDF troops.
The latest attempt comes on the heels of a tense week in southern Israel. On Tuesday, four mortar shells were fired at Israel, prompting the IDF to respond by targeting two terror tunnels in the northern and southern Gaza Strip. The Palestinians said 15 people were hurt in that strike, including two who sustained serious wounds.
Earlier Tuesday, a terror attack failed near the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip, after a donkey carrying an explosive device was sent to the area. The donkey was killed after the device blew up, but no other injuries were reported.