Gaza-based terrorists fired two Grad missiles at the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva early Sunday morning.
The missiles exploded in an open area near the city and did not cause any physical injuries or damages. The city announced that schools would be closed Sunday because of the attack.
Overnight Saturday, IAF aircraft struck a terrorist cell in Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced.
According to the announcement, the terrorists were making final preparations to launch a rocket into southern Israel. Direct hits at the target were scored, and secondary explosions were heard, said the IDF.
Sources in the Palestinian Authority told AFP the strike took place in the southern town of Khan Younis and killed a terrorist with the’ Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization.
The Israeli airstrike came shortly after two Qassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district. There were no physical injuries and no damage to property.
Rocket attacks on southern Israel are ongoing, but an escalation in attacks was recorded this week as Gaza-based terrorists fired more than 80 rockets at the region on Wednesday alone.
Three people were wounded, two of them seriously, and three homes were hit in a morning rocket barrage.
By Wednesday night it was reported that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had been reached between Hamas and Israel. That ceasefire, however, was broken after several hours, when terrorists again fired a mortar shell at the Eshkol district.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Gaza terrorists on Wednesday that if the rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel do not stop, “deeper activity” in the region lies ahead.
“We did not start this recent escalation,” the prime minister pointed out, “but if it continues, we are prepared to go ahead with much wider and deeper military operations.”