Missiles from the Gaza Strip hailed down in the last few minutes Monday on dozens of Israeli towns and villages including new places not targeted until now. The rocket fire now comes around the clock. Before morning, 17 rockets were fired at Beersheba, Ashkelon, Ofakim, Ashdod and Shear Hanegev, of which Iron Dome intercepted seven. Sunday night, a house in Beer Tuvia took a direct hit from the barrage aimed at Ashdod, Gan Yavne, Kiryat Malachi, Gedera and Tel Aviv. Many rockets were caught in mid-air by Iron Dome. Ten people were injured.
Early Monday, an Israel air attack targeted Deir al Balakh in the Gaza Strip, after striking 80 terrorist targets Sunday. One mistakenly destroyed a family home in Gaza City, killing nine members of the same family, five of them children. Most of the 80 Palestinians killed in the five days of Israel’s Pillar of Cloud operation were high-profile Hamas terrorists, who were keys to its missile war on Israel.