Rocket fired from Gaza into Israel lands next to Sderot school

The site where a rocket fired from Gaza hit the southern Israeli city of Sderot, October 05, 2016. (Photo by FLASH90)

Palestinians launched a rocket on Wednesday morning that landed next to a school in the southern city of Sderot, just as Israelis resumed their normal routines after the two-day holiday of Rosh Hashana.

No one was injured, but two people, a 15-year-old girl and a 60-year-old man were taken to the hospital for shock. The road and several nearby cars and homes were damaged.

IDF tanks have returned fire at Hamas positions in the Strip.

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said that the rocket fell near his house and next to an elementary school where children were at recess. They ran for the bomb shelter when the sirens sounded.

“It’s a miracle that no one was injured,” Davidi said

While launches from Gaza are less frequent recently than they have been, small fringe groups are still carrying out these attacks without the approval of Hamas rulers in the Strip.

“The phrase ‘drizzle of rockets’ must be removed from our lexicon,” Davidi said. “We trust the prime minister and the minister of defense, and expect them to respond in such a way that those responsible for the rocket fire will understand that this will be the last time and that this type of rocket fire exacts a huge price.”

A group affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Walla! News.