6-Year-Old Boy Killed by Gaza Rocket in Sderot

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A 6-year-old boy was killed by a direct rocket hit on a house in Sderot on Wednesday evening in the latest barrage from Gaza.

The boy’s mother was also seriously wounded, a third person was moderately wounded and three others were also hurt in the attack, according to a Hatzalah spokesperson.

United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Yaakov Bar Yochai, who was one of the first responders, said: “We arrived at the scene of the rocket strike together with a mobile intensive care ambulance from Hatzalah and we found the boy in critical condition and the woman in serious condition. Unfortunately, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of injuries that he suffered. We provided medical treatment to the woman and a number of other people injured at the scene.”

The rocket hit a home in an apartment complex, while a piece of shrapnel ricocheted to another home, pierced a fortified room and hit the family, according to Channel 12.

It was not immediately clear how the shrapnel got through, as the window should be protected by a secured metal barrier. Media speculate that the window either was not closed properly, or not built properly.

Meanwhile, police in the Southern District reported two rockets landing in Sderot, no injuries. One landed in a street in the city, the second apparently in an open field.

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