Grad Missile Wounds Six in Beersheva

Ad Feedback - BEERSHEBA, Israel - A seven-year-old boy wounded by shrapnel that penetrated his skull is fighting for his life at Beersheva's Soroka University Medical Center.

When the siren sounded at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, the boy's mother, Angela, an ER nurse, got out of the car with her son, Uriel, and lay down on the ground, following Home Front Command instructions.

She sheltered him with her body, but the missile exploded near where they lay, spewing its payload of shrapnel and metal balls, one piercing her son's skull.

She picked up her injured child and hailed a passing car, which took them to the hospital.

The missile was one of two fired at Beersheva late Thursday afternoon, one of which landed outside the city limits.

Of the five others injured in the attack, one woman remains in serious condition, with shrapnel wounds to her abdomen, and four others were moderately to lightly injured.

Seventeen people were treated for shock.

An hour after the attack, the IAF (Israeli Air Force) successfully destroyed the rocket launchers used to fire the missiles.

By day's end Thursday, Palestinians fired 25 rockets on southern Israel, one inflicting heavy damage to a home in Sderot, but no one was injured in the attack.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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