As many as eight people were injured when a rocket allegedly fired by Hamas from Gaza struck a residential street in the city of Petah Tikva, central Israel early on May 12th, 2021, according to local reports. @PalinfoAr also tweeted that there had been a “death.”
The rocket hit an apartment building at approximately 02:00 causing a large fire which spread to surrounding buildings and vehicles, reported the Israeli news outlet Melabes.
Hadas, a tenant in one of the affected buildings, told Ynet: “We went down to the shelter, we heard an alarm and suddenly there was a boom. Smoke entered the shelter, and the neighbor next to me who was sitting on a chair flew backwards. One of the neighbors did not get into the shelter and was injured in the head”. “Our houses, everything is destroyed,” she added.
I24 News, Israel National News and Sama News attributed the incident to “targeting by Qassam rockets” or “Hamas terrorists” and Arab48 News said that the house “was directly hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.”
The Magen David Adom (MDA) medical service said its staff treated five people at the scene. The Beilinson Hospital announced that eight people had arrived at its emergency room following the incident: two suffering from smoke inhalation and wounds from shrapnel and six in mild condition, according to Melabes. However, according to Sama News, Al Araby, Orient, and Al Jazeera Palestine and Arab48 News, five Israelis were wounded.
Amongst the injured were a 40-year-old man injured by shrapnel and a pregnant woman suffering from smoke inhalation, reported Israeli outlet Petach Tikve.
The incident occured at approximately 2:00 am local time.
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Reports of the incident mention residential buildings being struck in the centre of Petah Tikva (פתח תקווה). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 32.085352, 34.891841.