The fire came as the city’s schoolchildren were entering their classrooms, ahead of the first day of the new school year.

Photo archive credit: Sderot Media Center

A Qassam rocket exploded in an open area outside Sderot Monday. No injuries or damage were reported.

The Color Red alert sounded in the area ahead of the explosion.

Sunday also saw Gaza fire on Israel’s southern communities as three rockets were fired at the western Negev.

One rocket hit the southern city of Sderot, the second hit Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council and the third rocket landed in an open area. No injuries were reported.

Buildings in both locations suffered a direct hit and sustained some damage.

The fire ended several weeks of calm in the area, but local residents said that the danger increases at the end of every summer vacation, ahead of the new school year.


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