Palestinian terrorist forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel on Tuesday evening. Both rockets landed in open areas and caused no injuries or damage.
One of the rockets landed just outside the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, the first direct attack on that city in over two months.
Israeli warplanes responded to the rocket fire by attacking Palestinian smuggling tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border early Wednesday morning.
Israeli security officials have noted a marked increase in violence emanating from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip over the past month. Many fear a return to the daily attacks that plagued southern Israel prior to the Gaza war in January.
In other violence, Palestinian terrorist gunmen shot and moderately wounded an Israeli motorist near the Samarian Jewish town of Shilo on Tuesday night.
Local officials blamed the attack on Israel's decision under pressure from the US to remove Israeli army checkpoints in the area.