Gaza mortar explodes in southern Israeli community

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to A mortar fired from the Gaza Strip exploded and damaged infrastructure in a community in the Shaar Hanegev region of southern Israel on Wednesday, with residents saying warning sirens did not sound.

“It is terrifying hearing a mortar explode, [with] the warning system not working,” a local resident said. “The fact that no one was wounded was just a matter of luck. Us residents of the Gaza Strip border communities know how hard it is to spot a mortar, but still we cannot be left to depend on miracles.”

Security forces immediately notified residents in the area to stay in fortified safe zones out of concern of additional bombardment. After an hour, locals were allowed back to their daily routines.

Posted on April 10, 2014 .