Israeli sources reported that of seven homemade shells fired into the Negev desert from the northern Gaza Strip, six hit open areas, and one damaged a farm building near the Israeli town of Sderot.

The town of Sderot was constructed with massive subsidies by the Israeli government, provocatively close to the border with the Gaza Strip, in the Negev desert.  It is populated with mainly lower-class Russian and Ethiopian immigrants.

The shells, constructed of metal pipes to which dynamite is attached, are crude and impossible to aim, and are fired blind by Palestinian resistance fighters toward the one Israeli town that is located within their range of five kilometers.