Rocket lands in Beersheba, Hamas members killed in retaliatory attacks

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Another rocket fired from Gaza landed on Beersheba hours after Hamas uploaded a video warning residents to abandon the city.

“To the settlers of Beersheba, your leaders have killed our children, bombed our homes, and sentenced you to death. Run before it’s too late,” said the video in Hebrew and Arabic.

Rockets continued to rain down on southern Israel on Sunday night and Monday. An IDF patrol vehicle also was fired on Monday near the Gaza border.

Israel responded Sunday night and Monday morning to the rocket fire, with attacks on concealed rocket launchers and nine of what it called “terror sites.”

At least six members of Hamas were reported killed in the air strikes, Palestinian sources reported. They are believed to have died when an arms smuggling tunnel collapsed as a result of the Israeli air strikes.  Palestinian civilians also are reported to have been injured in the attacks, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency.

More than 150 rockets fired from Gaza have landed in southern Israel in the last three weeks, according to the IDF.