Two Israelis were killed Tuesday afternoon in in rocket attacks on the the southern cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.
At the same time, Red Alert sirens also sounded in Bat Hadar, Mavki'im, Masu'ot Yitzhak, Be'er Tuviya, Be'er Ganim, Nitsanim, Nitzan, Nir Galim, Talmei Yaffa, Sde Uziyahu, Gan Yavneh, Beit Shikma, Zikim, Yad Mordechai, Erez, and other locations around the Gaza periphery.
One of the rockets hit a building in a residential area of Ashdod, and at least 11 people, including two children, were reported to be lightly injured. Three other people were treated for shock.
Another rocket struck a school in Ashkelon. No injuries were reported.
In a subsequent wave of rocket attacks, one person was fatally injured in Ashkelon. A second person, identified as an 80-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries.
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Avi Amar, who was one of the first responders at the scene in Ashdod, said: "A rocket hit a house directly and three people suffered minor injuries from being struck by pieces of shrapnel. Together with other volunteers from United Hatzalah I treated them for their injuries. Miraculously, their injuries were not more serious."
Magen David Adom (MDA) chief Eli Bin said that one of the rockets caused "very significant damage to an educational institution. Luckily, there were no classes in it. The building is burning."
On Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi ordered the military to broaden its counter-terror operation in Gaza, telling the units to "attack every Hamas terrorist."
Meanwhile, Hamas warned that the rocket fire "will get more intense later."