This followed the death of two Hamas members and at least one Palestinian civilian on Friday as tensions along the Gaza border fence came to a breaking point.
The IDF and local media now say the militants have fired nearly 300 rockets into Israel during sustained fire on Saturday. Israelis have entered bomb shelters throughout southern and central Israel, with sirens blaring and the Iron Dome defense system active throughout the day and into the evening.
The Jerusalem Post reports:
Israel appeared to be on the verge of a prolonged escalation of its conflict with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad after close to 300 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israeli communities on Saturday, striking several homes and leaving one elderly woman severely wounded by shrapnel.