A female foreign laborer was moderately to seriously wounded by a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip into the Israeli Eshkol border region early Thursday. The woman was employed at a greenhouse.
She was taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, where she was rushed into surgery. The hospital initially said that she was in serious condition with life-threatening injuries but following surgery, it was announced that her condition had been improved.
Soroka Medical Center also said that two men who were lightly injured in the Eshkol region by rocket fire were received at the hospital. One was treated in the emergency room and the other released.
More than 180 rockets have been fired into Israeli border region from Gaza since Wednesday evening. Six fell in the border town of Sderot while Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted more than 30 others.
Since Wednesday, 23 injured people on the Israeli side have been taken to Barzilay Medical Center in Ashkelon for treatment, including nine people injured by rocket fire in Sderot. Among those treated there were four pregnant women and a man who underwent surgery on his arm. On Wednesday, the hospital received eight people suffering from shock.
The Israeli army spokesman's office said the army has struck about 150 targets since the escalation of violence began Wednesday. For its part, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported that three people have been killed in the Hamas-controlled enclave in the round of violence, including a woman and a year-and-a-half-old child.
The Israeli Home Front Command has issued special instructions for residents of Israeli border communities near the Gaza Strip, barring gatherings of more than 300 people in an enclosed space. The Zikim Mediterranean beach, which is near the Gaza border, has been closed to the public, and train service between Ashkelon and Sderot has been suspended. Summer camp programs in the border area are also not operating.
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