A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in a residential street in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba on Wednesday, causing serious damage to houses and cars but no casualties. Israel responded with an air strike east of Gaza City that hit a group of militants from the Islamic Jihad group, two seriously wounded.
ABC –“One rocket fell, there are no casualties and security forces are in control of the situation,” Beersheba mayor Rubik Danilovich told Channel 1 television. Earlier reports said the rocket had struck a house. Residents said they sought shelter in secure rooms after air raid sirens sounded in the area.
Local residents in the area said they heard three rockets being launched from the spot where the air strike was aimed. Beersheba is a large population centre in southern Israel, about 35km east of the Gaza Strip. It had not been targeted by militants since the Jewish state’s offensive on the coastal territory two years ago.
In action along the Gaza Strip border with Israel earlier in the day, Israeli tank fire killed a Palestinian militant and wounded another and two civilians, medical officials and a militant group said. The Israeli military said its troops shot at a group of militants after explosives detonated near an Israeli patrol along the frontier, and mortar bombs were fired at the soldiers and into Israel. Islamic Jihad said two of its members were hit by tank shells after firing a projectile, one of them later died of his wounds.