A 40 year old man and a 22 year old man were killed Sunday afternoon from a direct rocket hit on a factory in Ashkelon. Another man about 50 years of age was moderately wounded.
Medics treated the wounded and evacuated them to Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, but were ultimately forced to confirm the deaths of the 40-year-old and 22-year-old. A third Israeli, 58-year-old Moshe Agadi, was killed Saturday night when he was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza.
In addition, a man about 60 years of age was critically wounded by a rocket shot into the area of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai near the Gaza Strip. A Magen David Adom (MDA) team treated him and evacuated him to Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon.
Code Red sirens were sounded in many communities in the south, in the Beer Sheva area, in the Gaza perimeter, in Hatzerim and in the Bedouin regions, as barrages of rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory.
Most of the rockets have been intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
Blue and White Chairman MK Benny Gantz, who is now in the Gaza vicinity, ran to a bomb shelter with journalists who were waiting to hear from him about the deterioration of the security situation.
The Political-Security Cabinet is meeting at this time to discuss the escalation in the south and the possibilities of Israel's response to the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.