Children run for cover in Sderot
Children run for cover in SderotIsrael News Photo: Flash 90

Gaza terrorists fired several rockets at southern Israel early on Wednesday afternoon. The attacks took place during the daily three-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza, during which the IDF stops fighting to allow humanitarian supplies to reach civilians.

Terrorists aimed rockets at Ashdod, Ashkelon, Yavne, Be'er Sheva, Sderot and small towns in the Gaza Belt area. Strikes were reported in open areas outside Be'er Sheva, Yavne and Ashdod. The rockets did not cause injury or damage.

One rocket hit a small agricultural community in the Sdot HaNegev region, causing damage but no injury.

False Alarm in Jerusalem

At 1:00 p.m. a rocket alert siren sounded in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Maaleh Adumim. The siren caused mild panic, and hundreds of residents called MDA paramedics for instructions.

Home Front Command officials said the alarm was caused by a technical malfunction. No actual attack took place, and no trial of the system had been scheduled.

Some residents of Beit Shemesh reported hearing an explosion following the alarm. Defense officials conducted a brief investigation and determined that the noise did not result from an attack, but rather was related to ongoing work in the area.