Hamas militants have fired more than forty rockets on cities across southern Israel.
After what has been widely described as a relatively quiet night, the regular rocket fire resumed early this morning on towns north of Gaza.
Many have landed in uninhabited areas, but several others have hit Ashkelon where three people have been slightly injured according to Israeli sources.
At least seven rockets hit the western Negev desert, all of them striking cities previously considered out of the range of rocket fire.
Ashkelon and Sderot have been the frequent targets of rocket fire from Gaza.
Hamas rockets rain on Ashkelon