A long-range Grad rocket fired from Gaza landed in open territory in Lachish, near Kiryat Gat late Wednesday night.
A police bomb squad arrived in the area and was searching for the location of the rocket.
IAF strikes several Gaza targets following Kassam attack
IAF strikes terror targets in Gaza after Kassam
The attack represents an escalation in
the firing of longer-range rockets. The last time such rockets were
fired at Israel was in March, when a number of projectiles landed in the
Ashdod and Lachish area, and schools in the area were closed.
Also Wednesday night, a Grad rocket fell near Ashkelon. Police said the rocket landed within Ashkelon city boundaries and damaged a road. A police response team was on the scene.
raid sirens were heard in several towns and villages in the south,
including the Yoav Regional ouncil, the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council,
and the Ashkelon coast Regional Council.
Residents in areas in which sirens were heard rushed into safe areas and shelters to take cover.
On Monday, a woman from a Beduin village was moderately injured by
shrapnel from a Palestinian rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza.
That rocket landed between in open territory in the Ashkelon Coast Regional
Council. An air raid siren went off before the rocket landed.
A police response team drove out to the scene of the attack to recover
and analyze the projectile. Hours later, the Air Force bombed a number
of targets in Gaza in response.