Rocket launched towards Israel (illustrative)
Rocket launched towards Israel (illustrative)Attia Muhammed/Flash90

A man of about 60 suffered light injuries Wednesday afternoon after he was hit by shrapnel following a rocket barrage towards Israeli communities along the Gaza border.

Magen David Adom (MDA) treated the victim and evacuated him to Be'er Sheva's Soroka Medical Center. Firefighters are at the scene, fighting the blaze which broke out after the rocket hit.

The building sustained damage from the strike.

MDA paramedic Aryeh Skaler said, "We joined up with the military force, which evacuated to us a civilian of about 60, who had been hit in the abdomen by shrapnel as he worked on a forklift at the factory. The victim told us that he was injured as he tried to reach a protected space. He was fully conscious, and we provided him with medical treatment and evacuated him to the hospital in light condition."

Shortly after the rocket barrages towards the Gaza border region and Ashkelon, sirens were heard in Eilat as well.

The IDF reported, "Following the report regarding sirens that sounded in the city of Eilat, a launch of a surface-to-surface missile toward Israel was identified, and was successfully intercepted in the area of the Red Sea by the "Arrow" Aerial Defense System."

"The target did not cross into Israeli territory, did not pose a threat to civilians and the sirens that sounded were according to protocol."