One Killed, 83 Injured in Rocket Attacks From Gaza

NEW YORK -
Emergency vehicles responding in Ashkelon. (Medabrim Takshoret)

Since terror groups began firing rockets into Israel from Gaza on Shabbos morning, one man has been killed and 83 others have been injured.

Jerusalem Post reported that a rocket hit a building in Ashkelon around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, which critically injured a 60 year-old man, who expired while being transported to the hospital. This was the first casualty reported since the fighting began on Saturday. Another rocket hit a building in Sderot, lightly injuring 3 people.

83 people were injured between Shabbos and Sunday morning. Rocket fragments seriously injured an 80 year-old woman in Kiryat Gat, moderately injured a 50 year-old man in the Ashkelon area, and lightly injured a 45 year-old man in the northern Negev. In addition, 6 people in Ashkelon and the northern Negev were lightly injured by rocket fragments. 12 people were lightly injured while running for shelter, while 62 people were treated for anxiety.

Since the approximately 300 rockets began raining down from Gaza, sirens have gone off in the communities around the Gaza Strip, Ashkelon and Ashdod, and as far as Beersheba, Beit Shemesh and Gedera.

Terrorists in Gaza claimed that they used new missiles in this latest round, although this has not been confirmed from Israeli sources. Threats have been made by terrorists in Gaza that if Israel continues to attack targets in Gaza, they will launch rockets at the Tel Aviv area as well.