Palestinian forces operating out of the Hamas-controled Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Wednesday evening, nearly striking a greenhouse in a local kibbutz.
Israel had previously vowed, on numerous occasions, to respond harshly to any Palestinian violations of the Gaza truce, which has now been in effect for over six weeks. During that time, the Palestinian have fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells at communities in southern Israel.
Security officials say that in addition to only partially honoring the ceasefire, Hamas and its allied terror groups are using the period of respite from Israeli military action to restock their arsenal.
According to a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel this week, Israeli security source say that in the past year alone, the terrorists have imported over 10 million bullets, thousands of machine guns, 175 tons of high-grade explosives and a number of precision guided anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
The Hamas armed forces in Gaza are now estimated to number over 10,000 men.