More to follow.
6:04 PM - Rocket (Grad/Katyusha) hits Kupat Cholim building within Ashkleon. Many wounded reported, unsure if they are victims of fright or wounded by shrapnel/explosion.
6:07 PM - Many trapped in rubble of the building. No estimates yet of # wounded.
6:08 PM - Wounded being evacuated to Ashkelon's Barzilai hospital by ambulances.
6:10 PM - No warning siren sounded prior to the rocket strike. Channel 10 reports dozens of wounded. Most of them are probably from fright.
6:17 PM - Five wounded taken to hospital already. Missile strikes Kupat Cholim (medical clinic) located in the Ashkelon Shopping Mall.
6:18 PM - No more wounded found...
6:23 PM - Another rocket landed in the shuk area of Ashkelon. Channel Two reports the Palestinian rocket launches came from the destroyed settlement of "Dugit" in the Gaza Strip which were evacuated as part of the Disengagement.
6:24 PM - As of now, 8 wounded: 2 seriously, 2 moderately, 4 lightly.
6:26 PM - 10 wounded: 3 seriously, 2 moderately, 5 lightly.
6:33 PM - Over 20 lightly wounded (shock/fright) being transported to hospitals
6:35 PM - Warnings of Additional Rocket Launches towards Ashkelon - emergency personnel running to shelters.
6:46 PM - More wounded found on 3rd floor of shopping mall.
Map/Location of rocket hit.
30 wounded treated so far.
6:50 PM - Channel 10 reports the Grad rocket that hit the shopping mall was smuggled into Gaza from Egypt and is manufactured in Iran.
6:56 Pictures from rotter.net of rocket attack on shopping mall.
6:58 PM - Reports that one of seriously wounded is a 2 year old baby girl -- both legs were severely wounded in the attack.
7:03 PM - Magen David Adom, IDF and Police raise Gaza surrounding community status to 3 (highest warning/preparedness level). IDF investigating why "Color Red" Emergency Broadcast system not activated.
7:09 PM - Shas MK Eli Yishai cancels dinner plans with George Bush and Ehud Olmert -- he is now on route to Ashkelon to meet the wounded.
7:11 PM - pictures of the rocket hit inside the Ashkelon shopping center
7:12 PM - Additional warning from IDF of possible incoming rocket attack on Ashkleon.
What better welcome could George Bush expect? Perhaps he and Olmert should visit the wounded in Ashkelon now as well? Cowards.
12:35 PM - Final Roll Call: 105 wounded, 4 seriously, 10 still hospitalized. Medical clinic inside the shopping mall totally destroyed.
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