A rocket launched from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip landed next to an Israeli kindergarten early Wednesday morning, an IDF spokesperson said.
Overnight, terrorists operating out of the Strip fired 45 rockets and mortars at Israeli towns in the western Negev.
At least three of the rockets exploded in Israeli towns in the Eshkol Regional Council near the border.
While there were no reports of injuries, several buildings sustained damage in the attacks.
On Wednesday morning, pieces of one of the rockets were found next to a kindergarten in the Eshkol region.
“Hamas fires indiscriminately at Israeli civilians, including at kindergartens,” and IDF spokesperson said following the discovery Wednesday.
“Dozens of kids attend this kindergarten every day. It was only by luck that they were not harmed.”
Police were called to the scene, and closed down the area surrounding the school. A police bomb unit recovered the remains of the rocket, ensuring that the projectile was fully neutralized.
In response to the attacks overnight and a string of incendiary balloon and kite attacks in recent days, the IDF hit dozens of terrorist positions across the Gaza Strip.
"The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything that is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip, and it will bear the consequences for the terrorist acts carried out against the citizens of Israel. The IDF is prepared for a variety of scenarios and is determined to continue its mission to protect the citizens of Israel," the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.
In the first air strike in Gaza, IAF fighter jets targeted three military targets in a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip.