2 Israelis Lightly Wounded as 33 Rockets Slam in Western Negev

Three Katyushas among rockets fired; one scores direct hit on Ashkelon house, another reaches Netivot.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired 33 rockets at southern Israel on Sunday, as the Israel Defense Forces continued its operation on the coastal territory. Two Israelis were lightly wounded in separate rocket attacks.

Of the 33 rockets that hit Israel on Sunday, three were Grad-type Katyusha missiles and the rest were Qassams.

An Israeli woman suffered light shrapnel wounds when a Katyusha slammed directly into a house in Ashkelon late Sunday afternoon. Another person on the scene was treated for shock.

Earlier Sunday, an Israeli man was also wounded by shrapnel when a Qassam hit a western Negev factory, sparking a fire. Several other people were treated for shock.

Meanwhile, at least 70 Palestinians have been killed since early Saturday in the IDF's operation in Gaza.

Two Qassam rockets struck Sderot on Sunday evening - one hit an electric pole and the other exploded in the street. There were no injuries, but some damage was caused to nearby homes.

In addition to the direct strike on the Ashkelon house, another Katyusha and a Qassam hit southern Israel on Sunday afternoon. The Katyusha struck in a western Negev community, causing some damage to a local structure. It is unclear where the third rocket landed.

Two of the rockets fired earlier in the day hit the western Negev town of Sderot, damaging homes and leaving several people suffering from shock.

A rocket also scored a direct hit on a house in a western Negev kibbutz, damaging the building. The family was not home at the time.

A Katyusha struck the tomb of the late Rabbi Baba Sali in Netivot earlier in the day, causing no injuries or damage.

Over the weekend dozens of Qassam rockets and Katyushas were fired at Ashkelon, Sderot and communities bordering the Gaza Strip. Seven Israeli civilians were lightly wounded.

Ashkelon resident vows: 'We will not turn into Sderot'

Ashkelon's mayor said on Sunday he would not accept the rockets becoming a normal reality.

"This is a state of war, I know no other definition for it," said Roni Mahatzri, from his makeshift office in an underground bunker. "If it lasts a week or two, we can handle that, but we have no intention of allowing this to become part of our daily routine."

That seemed to be the major concern for most residents.

"We will not turn into Sderot," Shimoni said, referring to the town that has suffered most of the rocket attacks over the past seven years. The rockets have killed 13 people, wounded dozens more, caused millions of dollars in damage and made daily life unbearable.

Ashkelon residents took to the street on Saturday night urging government action against the Gaza militants.

On Sunday, the city was relatively calm, with foreign dignitaries visiting to convey support, and maintenance crews diligently collecting debris and paving over craters left by rockets hitting parking lots.

The mayor said attendance in schools was nearly perfect, and, though it was the talk of the town, residents didn't seem too panicked by the weekend developments.