Israeli, 61, badly injured by rocket hit in Ashdod

Flames rise at a gas station in Ashdod that was hit directly by rocket fire from Gaza on the fourth day of Operation Protective Edge, July 11, 2014

A rocket hit a gas station in the coastal city of Ashdod, setting fire to an oil tank, and its explosion seriously wounded a man.

The explosion was the result of a volley of eight rockets launched from Gaza on Friday at Israel’s southern coastal plain. The man, aged 61, sustained burns and other serious injuries from the explosion, but was said to be in serious rather than life-threatening condition on Friday evening. Another two people were injured from shrapnel from the same explosion.

The Israeli was not immediately named. He was in his car at the gas station, and unable to reach a protected area in good time, after sirens wailed and the rocket struck. A relative told Army Radio he fills up at that gas station every week.

Earlier on Friday, terrorists in Lebanon fired mortar rounds into Israel as it entered the fourth day of its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip…