Teenage Boy Seriously Injured by Rockets in Ashkelon
A 17 year old boy has been seriously injured during the last volley of rockets fired on the city of Ashkelon, according to multiple sources, along with a 60 year-old man who suffered light injuries.
Both have been transferred to Barzilai Hospital for immediate medical treatment.
Islamic Jihad, not Hamas, has accepted responsibility for the rocket fire.
Simon Logesi, head of Ashkelon Branch of Ichud Hatzalah, spoke to Arutz Sheva about the injured teen.
"This is a rocket which landed near a building," he said. "The boy was hit by shrapnel."
"Following first aid, the boy received medical treatment by Hatzalah medics on the scene, and was brought to Barzilai Hospital were he is in serious condition," he added.
Both Logesi and Ashkelon mayor Itamar Shimoni encouraged all civilians to follow Home Front Command (HFC) instructions during a siren, and immediately go to protected areas and shelters in the event of an alarm.
"It is important to remind citizens to follow HFC guidelines and avoid standing near windows and open spaces when a siren sounds," Logesi said.
Shimoni also addressed rumors of a cease-fire.
"I trust the government and the defense minister, who said that we have time [before needing to declare a cease-fire]," Shimoni said. "You must hit them hard, break their necks, we are strong and we are determined - I see no reason to discuss a cease-fire."
This is one of a mere handful of serious injuries since rockets began raining on Israel several weeks ago.
Last week, a fifty year-old disabled man was seriously injured after a rocket struck a gas station in Ashdod. Miraculously, a tanker carrying 35,000 liters of benzine gas did not explode due to the impact, nor from the fire that followed.
The man, who was stuck in his vehicle, was pulled from his car shortly after impact and immediately transferred to hospital for treatment; his condition is on the mend.
The public has also been asked to pray for the recovery of Mordechai Yemin, a resident of the town and IDF soldier who was seriously wounded on Thursday by mortar shells fired by Gaza terrorists.
Yemin was wounded while in the Eshkol Regional Council area, near Kerem Shalom, in an attack that left another soldier lightly wounded as well.
The soldier from Itamar suffered from a head wound and was hospitalized in the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.
Former Chief IDF Rabbi Avichai Ronski on Friday morning went to visit Yemin in the hospital, and asked Arutz Sheva to request that the public pray for the full recovery of the soldier, whose full Hebrew name is: Mordechai Chai Ben Bracha Yehudit.