Since Sunday, more than thirty mortars have been fired from Gaza into the Israeli town of Sderot, according to army figures. Although no-one has been killed, a number of residents have been injured and several buildings have been damaged. Authorities have begun preparing an evacuation plan for the town.
Israel has already launched air strikes on sites it says are being used by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to fire the rockets. At least five Hamas militants have been killed in these attacks. In Gaza itself, gun battles between the ruling Hamas and the secular Fatah party have claimed the lives of at least 40 people in the last week. Several truces seem to have had no effect. Some Palestinians fear the upsurge in violence could spell the end for their two-month old unity government and could even lead to all-out civil war.