In the largest attack on Israeli soil since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, a barrage of over 50 rockets and mortars launched from Gaza have rained down on the civilian population of southern Israel. Islamic Jihad (The Al Quds Brigades) taking responsibility for the attack, claims 90 missiles were launched.
No casualties were reported in this attack. The army said some of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
In response to the attack, Israel’s prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu declared,
"It seems that the rocket fire came in response to our counter-terrorism operations yesterday... We will continue to thwart and harm those who wish to harm us, and we will act against them with great intensity.
"Last year, the number of rockets fired from Gaza was the lowest in a decade, but we will not settle for that. We will continue to ensure the security of Israeli citizens in the south and throughout the country."