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Hamas Rocket Attack Hits Ashkelon

Rocket explodes in heart of Ashkelon

Air raid siren sounded in southern city after long period of calm, followed by loud explosions. Grad rocket fired from Gaza Strip hits populated area; eight people suffer shock, two empty floors of apartment building and several cars sustain damage

A rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun exploded in the heart of a populated area in the southern city of Ashkelon on Friday morning. Eight people suffered shock. Two empty floors of an apartment building, several cars and a nearby pavement sustained damage. Many windows were shattered.

Police dispatched to the rocket’s landing site urged the residents to stay in their homes for fear of additional rockets.

“We heard the siren and ran into the fortified room,” says Dudi Ben-Shlush, who lives on the fourth floor of the building hit by the rocket. “We heard the loud explosion only after we came out. The entire building trembled, windows were shattered, and the shutters were damaged.

“When we went downstairs, we saw that our two cars were completely damaged and their windows were shattered. It was very scary; we thought the entire building was going to collapse.

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