Over 80 Palestinian rockets slammed into the western Negev throughout Saturday. The massive rocket fire began around 1 pm, with over 10 Palestinian rockets hitting Netivot today. A rocket struck an apartment in Netivot, killing one 30-year old Israeli man and injuring five others. Another rocket hit a private home, while another hit a market place. Three Netivot residents were evacuated to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center and other local hospitals to be treated for injuries.
Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in Netivot.
Another rocket hit a home in Mivtahim, seriously wounding one Israeli and lightly injuring another.
In the Eshkol Regional Council, a Palestinian rocket slammed into a synagogue, seriously wounding a man inside. Rescue workers had to sift in the rubble in order to drag him out. Another man in the synagogue was lightly injured in the attack as well.
Another Palestinian rocket struck a power line, causing a power failure in three Israeli towns.
Ashkelon residents endured ten Palestinian rocket strikes, one which struck an apartment building, while Kiryat Gat experienced its first rocket attack since the Hamas war against Israel began.
Sderot residents and Israelis living in villages and cities close to the Gaza border were ordered to remain indoors and not to leave their homes by the Home Front Command.
The Home Front Command also issued instructions for residents located in towns 10-15 km from the border. Israelis in these communities were warned to always be within a 15 second distance from a bomb shelter, while public gathering are completely forbidden.
In Ashkelon and Netivot, Israelis were also given directions to remain 30 seconds away from a secure room, while residents in Ashdod, Ofakim, Kiryat Gat, Rahat, and Kiryat Malhi were to ordered to stay within 45 seconds of a bomb shelter.
*Jerusalem Post and YNet News contributed to this report.