Grad rocket fired from Gaza at Ashdod

No injuries but several suffer from shock; first time air raid siren activated in Rehovot; IDF force near Efrat hit earlier by roadside bomb, causing no injuries; rocket attack is first since Schalit deal.

October 26, 2011 23:44
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Smoke trails after rockets are fired in Gaza

Smoke trails from rockets being fired in Gaza 311 (R). (photo credit: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters)

A grad rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at the Ashdod and Bnei Aish areas shortly before midnight Wednesday. 

The rocket fell into open territories. No injuries were reported but several people were suffering from shock.

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Police forces were on the scene in the area of the attack. 

Sirens were heard in Yavne, Gadera, Rehovot, Nes Ziona and Ashdod.
This was first time that air raid sirens were activated in Rehovot and Nes Ziona due to a rocket attack.

A woman who was visiting Rehovot at the time of the attack told The Jerusalem Post, "I was preparing to go to sleep when I hear the rising and falling siren. I heard neighbors coming out of their homes in the building, and asked them what to do. I was told to go to leave the apartment and go down one floor, as I was on the top floor. People were calm."

Earlier Wednesday night an IDF patrol was struck by a roadside bomb near the West Bank settlement of Efrat .

No injuries were reported but an army vehicle was damaged, the IDF Spokesman said. IDF forces were on the scene conducting a search for the attackers.

The rocket attack was the first since the deal that freed IDF soldier Gilad Schalit last week.

Three weeks ago, two Kassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. One exploded in an open field in the Hof Askelon Regional Council, while the other exploded inside the Strip. No injuries or damage was reported in that attack.

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