Red alert sirens were activated in Judea and Samaria and central Israel as the Hamas terrorist organization launched a heavy barrage of rockets from Gaza this afternoon (Tuesday).

A 45-year-old man from Holon was struck by shrapnel and lightly injured, and in Be'er Ya'akov, a 40-year-old man was lightly injured after being struck in the head by shrapnel.

Among the communities in which sirens were activated are Lod in central Israel and Elkana in Samaria.

Following the initial barrage, further barrages were fired at central and southern Israel, with sirens activated in Be'er Sheva, Rosh HaAyin, and many other communities.

Three homes were damaged by a rocket in the Judea and Samaria community of Alfei Menashe.

Magen David Adom (MDA) senior medic Raz Levy said: "When we arrived at the scene, we saw a lot of destruction inside the house and in the yard. The three occupants of the house, a 70-year-old woman and 2 young men in their 20s, followed the instructions of the Home Front Command. As soon as the alarm sounded, they entered the protected area and waited there for 10 minutes. They were not injured and did not require medical attention. If they had not entered the protected area, this event could have ended in tragedy."

Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket, claiming that it fired a "heavy barrage towards the Tel Aviv area."