En Grad-rakett slo ned i den israelske havnebyen Ashkelon like etter 8.30. Skadene var materielle, på bygninger og biler. Men at militante i Gaza sender raketter mot en israelsk by, er en alvorlig provokasjon.

A Grad-type Katyusha rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip struck close to an apartment building in a residential area of Ashkelon on Friday, while two mortar shells exploded in the western Negev just a few hours later.

The Katyusha rocket hit the populated neighborhood just after 8:30 A.M., causing some damage to the nearby building and to a number of parked cars. There were no casualties in the incident, but at least two people were treated for shock. Residents said that the Color Red rocket alert sounded prior to the explosion.

To Qassam-raketter slo ned i Negev 12.30, det gjorde det også forrige helg. Men angrepet på Ahskelon er noe annet.

«No doubt this is the most serious event that happened since Operation Cast Lead,» Ashkelon mayor Benny Vaknin told Israel Radio. The city is located about 12 km (7 miles) up the coast from the Gaza Strip and has some 125,000 residents.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement from his office: «Israel takes the firing on Ashkelon very seriously.»

Gaza rocket strikes Ashkelon, two mortar shells hit west Negev