Sderot residents spent much of Tuesday running into bomb shelters and secure rooms, as the Tzeva Adom alert set off at least eight times
throughout the day. At least nine rockets slammed into the city, with one directly hitting a Sderot home and wounding a man. Several people went into shock. A dog was seriously wounded in the attack as well.
Over 30 Palestinian rockets were fired at Sderot and southern Israel throughout the day. For the first time, a Grad rocket landed in Kiryat Malachi Tuesday afternoon. There were no damages or injuries reported. It was the first time that Kiryat Malachi, located 17 kilometers (11 miles) northeast of Ashkelon and 30 km from Israel’s border with Gaza, was targeted. Kiryat Gat, Ashkelon, and Ashdod were also hit by a number of Palestinian rockets.
In another first, a Qassam landed north of Beer Sheva near the Bedouin village of Rahat. On Tuesday evening, Palestinian terrorists fired another two rockets that hit the Beer Sheva region, Channel Two reported.
Two other rockets landed in open fields near Netivot today.
Additional rockets landed in open areas in Sha’ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Ashkelon Coast regional council, causing no repoirted injuries or damages. However, a rocket fired in the afternoon directly hit on a kibbutz dining hall in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing heavy destruction to the building.
On Monday, over 100 Palestinian rockets were fired against Israel, hitting Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Ofakim and Yavne and kibbutzim and moshavim along the Gaza-border. Three people were killed in the rocket attacks including 39-year-old Irit Sheetrit, mother of four who was killed when a Palestinian rocket landed near bus stop where she was standing. IDF officer, Lufti Nasraldin, 38-year-old, from Daliyat el-Carmel was killed when a rocket hit an army base near the Gaza Strip. And 27-year old Han al-Mahdi, was killed by a Palestinian rocket attack on a construction site in Ashkelon. Dozens of other construction workers were wounded at the site. In Sderot, a woman was lightly injured when a Palestinian rocket landed hit her home.
The rockets that were fired at Israel today, came as Israel allowed 100 trucks carrying humanitarian supplies from Jordan, Turkey and international aid groups into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom border crossing.
Since the Israel offense in Gaza on Saturday, December 27, Palestinian terrorists have fired over 200 rockets, mortars, and Grad rockets were fired at Israeli civilians living in sourthern Israel.
*Ynet News and Jerusalem Post also contributed to this report.