Six Kassam rockets were fired by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, killing a 57-year-old woman in the southern Negev town of Sderot and seriously wounding a young man.
The 24-year-old bodyguard of Defense Minister Amir Peretz lost one of his limbs and is being treated in the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon on the coast of Israel.
According to reports, rockets hit a busy street near an apartment building, which were fired from a Beit Hanoun cemetery. Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal called the attack one of the worst the city has suffered in recent years.
"What we saw here this morning is indescribable," Moyal told Israel Radio. "I am not going to make any decisions right now, I am going to be with the people.”
Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. They said the attack was intended to avenge the deaths of 18 civilians killed last week in an unintended Israeli shelling of an apartment compound in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.
Alon Davidi who heads the local campaign against the rocket attacks said, “The government has to wake up and order the continuation of the Israel Defense Forces’ operations in Gaza against the Kassams.”
In the past two weeks, Kassam attacks have increased.