Qassam Strikes Residential Area in Central Sderot

No injuries or damage reported in attack; Defense Minister reseals Gaza border crossings even to humanitarian aid.

A Qassam rocket fired by militants in the Gaza Strip struck a square in the center of the southern town of Sderot on Sunday. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

Over the weekend, eight Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, when a barrage of mortar shells fired from Gaza hit an army base near the kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Among the wounded was Noam Nakash, whose leg was amputated as a result of the wounds incurred during the attack. Six of the wounded were still hospitalized on Sunday, two in serious condition, one moderately hurt and three with minor wounds.

"Last night I saw the news about the mortar shells," Nakash's father told Haaretz on Saturday, "and I saw that some had been wounded. I tried to call Noam but he didn't answer so we called one of his friends. One of the officers grabbed the phone and said that several soldiers had been hurt, and Noam was among them."

Four additional Qassam rockets hit southern Israel over the weekend. One struck an open field in the Ashkelon Beach regional council, causing no damage or injuries. Another rocket hit mere meters from a home in the Eshkol regional council, causing some property damage to the structure. No one was hurt.

In response to the ongoing attacks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided to reseal the border crossings into the Gaza Strip, barring even the transfer of basic humanitarian aid.