Terrorists operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday launched a steady stream of rockets and mortar shells numbering over 250 into southern Israel.
The rockets reached as far as Beit Shemesh, in the foothills outside Jerusalem, and also hit the coastal port cities of Askhelon and Ashdod. Into the evening, a fresh salvo of terrorist rockets were fired at Beersheva.
At least two Israelis were injured, and several family homes sustained direct hits during the hours-long assault.
Israel responded with massive aerial assaults against Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza. The IDF also reported that it had demolished an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel running under the border into southern Israel.
Both Hamas and especially Islamic Jihad have vowed to violently disrupt Israel's hosting of the Eurovision Song Content in Tel Aviv scheduled to begin in less than two weeks.
Eurovision is the largest televised event in the world, and the Palestinians hope to crash Israel's hosting of the competition in hopes of reinvigorating world sympathy for their nationalist cause.