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
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