Woman Lightly Wounded by Gaza Rocket in Southern Israel

50-year-old woman sustains shrapnel wounds to her legs as rocket explodes in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday landed in southern Israel and lightly wounded a 50-year-old woman.

The rocket fell near one of the communities in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, causing shrapnel wounds to the woman's legs, who was then transferred to Ashkelon's Barzilai hospital. Several neighbors were treated for shock.

A general view shows the launching of a rocket from the northern Gaza strip towards Israel April 9, 2011.Reuters

Two weeks ago, three Qassam rockets were fired into southern Israel and exploded in open areas. IDF forces retaliated with IDF strikes on Gaza, wounding seven people.

Israel has stepped up its air strikes on Gaza lately in response to a resurgence in rocket strikes at Israeli towns that have caused no injury but disrupted routine.