The Red Alert incoming rocket siren was triggered at around 11:30 pm in the Central Negev communities of Orim and Patish, in the Eshkol Regional Council district, abruptly yanking Jewish families out of their beds and sending them racing for cover. Residents of the Gaza Belt region near the border have only a 15-second window within which to reach a safe space before rockets, missiles and mortar shells land in their vicinity.
The IDF said it hit eight targets at the three sites, including Hamas training bases and a weapons production facility.
Late Wednesday, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a single missile into Israel from the Gaza Strip, the army said, with the projectile apparently falling in an open field despite after a failed interception attempt. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.