Jewish settlers are urging the government to beef up security in the West Bank town of Hebron after an unarmed anti-tank rocket slammed into a Jewish home there.
Israeli army officials suspected that Palestinians had fired the rocket, which tore into the apartment of the Meshulam family in Hebron over the weekend.
The rocket pierced a metal shutter, went through the window, and hit the opposite kitchen wall. There were no reported injuries.
The shoulder-launched rocket was of the type used for army training exercises and did not have an explosive tip, an army spokesman said.
Army officials were investigating whether it was among a number of rockets recently stolen from an army base.
Bat-EI Meshulam, 10, was the only family member home at the time.
“I was reading a book in my room, and then I heard a boom through the window, and then another boom and the sound of something hitting the floor,” she told Israel Radio.
Deputy Defense Minister Mordecai Gur met with representatives of Jewish settlers in Hebron and promised that the government would take steps to ensure their protection.
“No doubt we are talking about a very unpleasant situation,” he told Army Radio.
Settler leader Noam Arnon criticized the government for neglecting the security of settlers in Hebron, the site of ongoing Israeli-Palestinian tensions.