First Israeli casualty: Rocket hits building in central Israel -1 killed; several injured, some trapped in rubble

Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists scored a direct hit on a building in Rehovot, claiming the life of one victim and wounding several others.

By World Israel News Staff

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday, one person died and at least five were injured after a building in Rehovot collapsed following a direct hit from rocket-launching terrorists in Gaza.

The victim was trapped under the rubble and critically wounded – he died minutes later.

United Hatzalah volunteers have provided initial treatment to five people who sustained light injuries, including a woman in her 60s who sustained a head injury. The organization’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit is treating many people for shock.

“When we arrived on the street we saw a lot of destruction in the building. We immediately went inside and began to search the apartments. In the apartment on the third floor, an unconscious victim was found with a very severe multi-system injury and we had no choice but to determine his death,” said Magen David Adom medics Yedidia Hachmon and Tomer Peshko.

They also found a 74-year-old man in another apartment whose leg was trapped under the rubble, TPS reported. He was rescued by the fire brigade and transported on a stretcher to the MDA ambulance, which sent him for further treatment at the hospital in moderate condition.

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Police forces and rescue services are searching for more people who may be trapped under the rubble.

Rehovot is located approximately 20 km. south of Tel Aviv.

(Video courtesy TPS)