Gaza terrorists peppered southern Israel with rocket fire aimed at the town of Netivot Sunday evening. No one was hurt and no damage was reported. Two of the rockets, reported to be Grad Katyushas, were intercepted by Iron Dome batteries stationed near the town. The four others fell in uninhabited and empty areas and did not cause any injuries or damage.
Gaza terrorists fired two rockets on Israel on Saturday evening, hitting communities in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area to the immediate east of the Hamas-enclave.
One rocket directly hit the "Denber" plastic factory in Sderot's industrial area, causing a large fire to break out. The factory is attached to a paint factory, and both caught fire.
Ten firefighting units from Sderot, Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon and Netivot succeeded in controlling the fire and prevent it from spreading to other factories after an hour-long struggle with the massive blaze. However, the factory apparently was completely burned to the ground.
Four workers who were in the factory at the time it was struck by the rocket managed to rescue themselves, escaping from the blazing building, reported Walla!. The four were reportedly unharmed, and police continue to search if anyone remains trapped inside.
One man in his fifties suffered mild injuries including wounds to his limbs, apparently from the blast of the rocket and ensuing explosions in the factory. The injured man was able to get to a Magen David Adom (MDA) station in the city on his own, and then was evacuated to the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon by paramedics.
Two others reportedly suffered light burns, and were evacuated to the Barzilai Hospital as well.
Several strong explosions were heard from the factory, after a gas balloon and explosive chemicals in the factory apparently exploded from the flames.
The second rocket, which also was fired towards Sderot, landed outside of the city limits. The city has been often beleaguered by Gaza rocket fire; in March, a three-day barrage of roughly 100 rockets hit the city.
Saturday and Sunday's rocket fire comes as part of a recent escalation since Hamas terrorists kidnapped three Israeli teens on June 12.