|One of the sites hit by the barrage of rocket and mortar fire, October 8, 2012. Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz|
By Yanir Yagna
Some 35 rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Monday morning.
The shells landed in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council and also some in Kerem Shalom. Shrapnel from the shells caused damage to some residential buildings in the area, but no injuries were reported.
Residents were advised to stay near shelters.
On Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces said it had fired on two Gaza members of an al-Qaida-inspired group identified as having been involved in rocket attacks and an infiltration from Egypt.
The IDF did not say whether it hit the two. Ashraf al-Kidra, a Palestinian health official in Gaza said one man was killed and another injured Sunday when their motorcycle was hit by aircraft in the south of the Hamas-controlled territory.
Army Radio reported that the rocket and mortar fire on Monday morning was in response for IDF strike on Sunday night.