Two Israelis, including a nine-month-old baby, were lightly wounded on Wednesday when Gaza-based terrorists fired 21 missiles and mortar shells into southern Israel.
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system managed to shoot down a handful of the long-range GRAD missiles fired at the cities of Beersheva and Ashkelon. But many more rockets and shells did find their mark, sending half a million Israelis scrambling for local bomb shelters.
Earlier in the day, Israeli forces had targeted and eliminated a top Islamic Jihad commander in a pinpoint aerial strike in Gaza. The terrorist leader was suspected of planning additional attacks on Israel from the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.
Israeli aircraft also responded to the renewed rocket fire by targeting terrorist installations across Gaza on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, a 62-year-old Israeli woman injured in last weekend's Gaza missile barrage died on Wednesday, making her the second fatality resulting from the terrorist assault on southern Israel.
Varda Nachmias suffered a critical neck injury when she tripped while running for her bomb shelter as terrorist missiles fell on the southern city of Beersheva on Sunday.
Israeli medical officials said that hundreds of residents of southern Israel have suffered severe anxiety or heart attacks as a result of the terrorist missiles. Those casualties are never mentioned in the media, however.