A rocket fired by Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists landed in the yard of a day care center for one- and two-year-old children in a small community in southern Israel on Friday, causing damage but, miraculously, no injuries.
The children were outside playing in the yard when local warning sirens sounded. Caregivers rushed the children into the nursery's bomb shelter just moments before the rocket struck.
Palestinian forces fired at least three more rockets and two mortars shells at other Jewish communities in the area.
Senior Palestinian Authority officials told Ha'aretz this week that Hamas operatives who recently traveled to Iran for training have returned to the Gaza Strip armed with plans and blueprints for the development of locally-produced rockets with increased range, more explosive power and greater accuracy.
In other Gaza violence, a Hamas gunman was killed after engaging Israeli troops along the Gaza security fence early Friday morning.