“This could have been a mass casualty event.” “Grad rockets hit near Netivot, Ofakim,” from Ynet News, January 31 (thanks to Maxwell):
Tensions in Egypt appear to be spreading to Gaza: Grad rockets fired from the Hamas-ruled territory Monday night landed near the southern Israeli cities of Ofakim and Netivot. Also Monday, a Qassam rocket exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported[.]
During the rocket attack on Netivot- the first attack on Israel since the mass protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak began a week ago – four people suffered from shock, and damage was caused to a road and a parked car.
The rocket landed near a residential neighborhood….
One of the people who attended a wedding in a small hall near the rocket’s landing site in the Netivot area said, “There was music, then we suddenly hear a loud blast. Everyone – little children and men – ran for cover. People fell over one another. It’s a miracle no one was hurt.”
Another person who attended the wedding said, “Luckily, the rocket landed after the chuppah, while everyone was already eating at the tables. If it had landed a few meters closer, this could have been a mass casualty event.”…