Six-year-old Ido Avigal, who was injured when a rocket hit an apartment in the city of Sderot on Wednesday, died of his wounds.
Seven other people were injured in the direct hit.
Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi met the father after he was informed of his son’s death, strengthened him and paid condolences on behalf of the residents of Sderot. The boy’s mother is hospitalized and his seven-year-old sister was injured and is undergoing a series of tests.
At around 7:20 p.m., heavy barrages of rockets were fired at Gush Dan and central and southern communities.
After the launches, a direct hit was identified on a house in Ashkelon. Much damage was done to the structure, but no injuries were reported.
In Sderot, a direct hit was also identified at the house, where the Avigal family lives.