Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired rockets into southern Israel for the third consecutive day on Tuesday evening, marking a clear return to the near-daily bombardments that previously plagued the region.
Two rockets and a mortar shell were fired into southern Israel on Tuesday evening. All three projectiles landed in open areas and caused no injuries or damage.
On Monday, Palestinian terrorists fired three missiles into southern Israel as local Israeli children were returning to school following their summer break. The rockets failed to hit the congregated youngsters.
Sunday's attack saw Palestinian rockets slam into two factories in southern Israel, injuring two people. Police officials were surprised by the accuracy of the attack.
Gaza's Hamas rulers identified the culprits behind Tuesday's attack as an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group known as Jamiat ul-Mujahedin Bayt al-Maqdis.
On Tuesday morning, Israel responded to the earlier attacks by striking rocket manufacturing and storage facilities in Gaza.
Israeli officials said they expect the situation to escalate in the coming weeks, and are busy with preparations to protect the residents of southern Israel.
In the often-targeted town of Sderot those preparations have included the completion of a new $27 million high school that should put an end to concerns that students were risking their lives by attending classes.
The new Shaar Hanegev High School complex features thick concrete walls, reinforced windows and a special architectural design that will supposedly absorb the impact of terrorist rockets. Because of the changes, students have been informed that they no longer need to run for nearby bomb shelters, and that in the event of an attack they are now to stay put in their fortified classrooms.
"You can finally teach without constantly worrying what to do when there is a rocket attack," one of the school officials told the AP.
During times of regular rocket attacks in the past, parents in Sderot and surrounding towns simply pulled their kids out of school for fear they wouldn't make into bomb shelters on time. The situation resulted in severe psychological trauma for many Israeli children.