A rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip exploded in the western Negev town of Sderot Wednesday morning.
No physical injuries have been reported, but there was damage to a residential neighborhood and a number of people are being treated for shock. The rocket is said to have exploded in between two homes at around 10:20 a.m.
At 10:19 a.m. warning sirens were activated in the western Negev near the Gaza Strip. Residents reported hearing an explosion shortly thereafter.
Security forces quickly arrived at the scene of the explosion in Sderot, sealing off the area and blocking off nearby roads as sappers verified that the remains of the rocket no longer posed a threat.
A Salafi terror group tied to the ISIS organization claim responsibility for the attack.
Hamas claims IDF artillery fire targeted a military outpost near Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip shortly after the rocket landed in Israeli territory.
An MDA spokesperson reported that a number of residents in the neighborhood struck by the rocket have been evacuated and are being treated for shock.
“At 10:26 MDA received a call about a projectile that hit the town of Sderot,” the spokesperson said. “MDA EMTs and paramedics are currently treating shock victims on the scene, who will be evacuated for further treatment.”
Oren Benita, an MDA paramedic, and Aviv Shneor, a senior MDA EMT described the scene of the attack.
"When we arrived on the scene we identified the spot where the rocket hit. We saw broken glass and cars and houses that were damaged by shrapnel. We treated a 15-year old female and a 60-year old male who suffered an anxiety attack. After providing them with initial treatment at the scene, we evacuated them Barzilai hospital for further treatment."