Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a number of rockets and mortar shells at communities in southern Israel on Monday, as Israelis were trying to mark Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
Several of the rockets scored direct hits on small communities in the Negev region, while most fell in open areas between towns. There were no reports of injuries in any of the attacks.
Local community leaders told Israeli media that they increasingly fear a return to the days before the recent Gaza war, when Gaza-based terrorist groups fired tens of rockets into southern Israel on a daily basis.
Most said a repeat of the Gaza invasion dubbed "Cast Lead" would not be sufficient, and that Israel needs to come up with a long-term solution to the terrorist aggression from Gaza.