Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel early Wednesday morning seriously damaging a local packaging plant. There were no injuries in the attack, which occurred during the pre-dawn hours.
Israel closed the nearby Kerem Shalom border crossing into Gaza amid warnings of further rocket attacks. The crossing is used to bring huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza every day.
There has been a significant rise in Palestinian mortar and rocket attacks from Gaza over the past two weeks.