Palestinian resistance fired six homemade shells at the Israeli Negev
town of Sderot; three Israelis were injured, one moderately. The
injured were moved to Barziali Hospital in Ashkelon. Israeli sources
reported that the Israeli resident who suffered moderate wounds is a
Taxi driver from Be'er Sheva.
The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for firing the shells. The Brigades stated the the shelling comes in retaliation to the continuous military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the large number of civilian casualties there.
Israeli online daily Haartetz reported that two more shells landed in the Eshkol industrial zone in the western Negev; no injuries were reported.
The Arabs48 news website reported that at first three shells were fired at Sderot, one of them landed near a gas Station. One hour later, two homemade shells were fired at the town.
Two more homemade shells were fired at the Shaar Hanegev area.
The Israeli army estimates that Palestinian armed factions in the Gaza Strip fired 420 shells since the beginning of year, in comparison to 487 shells fired last year.
Also, addition 323 shells did not make it to the Israeli areas and landed in the Gaza Strip, while last year, 943 shells landed in the Gaza Strip after the armed groups tried to fire them at the Gush Katif settlement Bloc before Israel evacuated its settlements from the Gaza Strip.
According to Israeli statistics, 1487 homemade shells were fired at Israeli areas adjacent to the Gaza Strip since 2001; seven Israelis were killed.