Volley of Gaza Rockets Strike Southern Israel, One Wounded

More than 20 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza since Friday night, moderately wounding one person; Iron Dome system intercepts five rockets.

More than 20 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel overnight and early Saturday morning, wounding one Israeli man moderately.

The wounded man, a 50-year-old resident of Netivot, was wounded when a Qassam rocket directly hit a factory in the Sderot industrial zone. He received shrapnel wounds in his neck and was transported to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.

Since the morning, around 16 rockets have been fired from Gaza toward the town of Sderot.

The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted five rockets during the morning hours.

One rocket hit a school in Sderot, which was empty at the time. Th rocket damaged windows and walls at the school.

In the late morning, four rockets hit the Ramat Eshkol Regional Council, two struck the Ashkelon Beach area, and one the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. These rockets struck open areas and no injuries or damage was reported.

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz held a meeting at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv with other top officers on the situation in the south, Army Radio reported.

Sderot Mayor David Buskila said on Saturday that he "hopes the government will give the order to the IDF to act to return quiet to communities near Gaza."

More than 130 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza over the past week and Israel has carried out a number of airstrikes against targets in Gaza in response.

Overnight, the Israel Air Force struck three Hamas security targets in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas had conditionally pledged to adhere to a truce brokered by Egypt on Wednesday, if Israel also withheld fire. Israel never formally commented on the deal but its officials have vowed to respond to any rocket fire from Gaza.

Last Sunday, one Israeli was killed in an attack on the Israel-Egypt border which was carried out by pro al-Qaida Salafist terrorists who crossed into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula.

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Qassam rocket June 23, 2012 (Eliyahu Hershkowitz)
Eliyahu Hershkowitz