Civilian seriously wounded from mortar hits in Eshkol
Dozens of rockets fired at southern Israel during the day Saturday; at least 7 intercepted.

A 77-year-old man was seriously wounded Saturday, after being hit by shrapnel from a mortar that exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.



"A senior citizen who was walking down the street with a carton of eggs did not have time to run away. A mortar exploded next to him and he was hit with shrapnel. Fortunately, he received immediate treatment and was evacuated to hospital in a military helicopter," Eshkol Regional Council head Haim Yalin said.


Rockets continued falling in southern Israel over the day Saturday, with over 20 rockets and mortars hitting the Eshkol Regional Council, one of them wounding a soldier and another causing a fire, 12 rockets hitting Sha'ar HaNegev and five falling in Sdot Negev.


The Iron Dome intercepted four rockets fired at Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, and another over Sderot.


At around 6 am Saturday morning, Hamas fired rockets at the Tel Aviv and Sharon areas, of which at least two were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. Several people suffered from shock and received medical care from Magen David Adom paramedics. Minutes later, a rocket was launched at Be'er Sheva, which was also intercepted.


Interception above Herzliya (Photo: Emanuelle Levav) (Photo: Emanuelle Levav)
Interception above Herzliya (Photo: Emanuelle Levav)


After a relatively quiet night, Code Red sirens sounded in the early morning hours in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Petah Tikva, Hod HaSharon, Ramat HaSharon, Hefer Valley Regional Council, Herzliya, Ra'anana and in the southern Sharon.


The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets above Tel Aviv area and residents reported hearing loud explosions. Later in the morning, sirens sounded in Be'er Sheva and the Regional Councils of Bnei Shimon and Merhavim.


At around 11am, the IAF struck the rocket launcher that fired the rockets at central Israel.




First published: 02.08.14, 07:57
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