A total of six rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip late Sunday night and early Monday, and red alert sirens sounded across several regions of southern Israel, in the worst such attacks since last November.
The rockets have shattered a lengthy period of calm enjoyed by civilians in southern Israel.
Early on Wednesday morning, "Code Red" warning sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding areas.
Shortly after the sirens went off, three rockets fell in open areas, landing in Palestinian areas, Israel Radio reported. The rocket attack marked the first time Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have attempted to strike Israel for nearly two months.
About 20 rockets have been fired by militant groups this year. Several rockets were fired during US President Barack Obama’s visit in March.
The rocket fire broke a months-long period during which the Hamas regime in Gaza restrained elements in the coastal enclave, bringing about quiet. Since Operation Pillar of Defense in November, there have been few incidents of rocket fire.