Rocket attacks continued against Israel on Thursday, as an Egyptian brokered ceasefire was being discussed in Cairo. Palestinian terrorists fired over 25 rockets from the Gaza Strip throughout Thursday morning. Six Israelis were severely wounded in Be’er Sheva, including a woman and a seven-year old boy, when Palestinian terrorists fired two Grad rockets which exploded in the city. One rocket directly hit a car.
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Most of the Palestinian rockets fired on Thursday were launched in the early morning between 7-8 am.
A Grad rocket landed in Gedera, causing no casualties or damages. Earlier in the morning, a Qassam rocket slammed into a house in Sderot, causing heavy damage to the home and to the cars parked nearby.
The occupants of the house, an elderly couple who have lived in Sderot for eight years, raced to their bomb shelter as soon as they heard the Tzeva Adom, the siren warning of rocket attacks coming from Gaza. The husband saw a shower of glass exploding everywhere from where he stood in the bomb shelter and understood that the rocket had hit their home.
Another Qassam rocket landed near a school in Sderot.
Since Operation Cast Lead began, Hamas has fired rockets hitting nine schools in Israel, including Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Sderot, and Ashdod.
On Wednesday, January 14, Hamas fired their first phosphorus shell into Israel, which exploded in the Eshkol area in the western Negev. The phosphorus rocket landed in an open area causing no injuries or damages. Over 16 Gaza rockets were fired at southern Israel on Wednesday, which sent five Israeli into shock.