Some 60 rockets struck southern Israel on Sunday, bringing the total to 80 since violence flared up on the Israel-Gaza border on Saturday.
Three people were lightly wounded on Sunday morning, when rockets exploded in the city of Sderot and in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. Gaza militants continued to fire missiles into the evening on Sunday, both in Sha’ar Hanegev and in Eshkol Regional Council.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets, one aimed at Be’er Sheva on Sunday, and one fired toward the Ashdod area the previous day.
Several buildings in the Sha’ar Hanegev Council were damaged in the barrage. A factory in the industrial zone of Sderot sustained a direct hit.
The Israel Defense Forces has responded to the barrage of rocket fire with nine separate air strikes on the Gaza Strip, including one on Sunday morning. Five Palestinians were killed in the strikes.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday that if more broad action was needed in response to the attack, Israel would act.