Militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 52 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel early Wednesday, leaving three people wounded.
The rockets and morters struck areas in the Eshkol Regional Council, Sha’ar Hanegev and the Ashkelon coast. Three migrant workers were hurt, two of them them seriously and one lightly.
Several houses in the Eshkol Regional Council and Sha'ar Hanegev sustained damage in the attacks. Residents have been asked to remain in bomb shelters, and classes have been canceled in Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted seven rockets heading toward Ashkelon.
The Israel Defense Forces opened fire on targets in Gaza in response to the rockets, killing a Hamas gunman. Two loud explosions shook Gaza City shortly after that attack, witnesses said, adding Israel had apparently targeted militants firing rockets. There were no reported casualties. Israel had no immediate comment.
Hamas officials also reported Israeli tanks firing into Gaza, which was confirmed by the IDF spokesman.
Hamas security forces were ordered to evacuate their facilities for fear they would become targets of Israeli air strikes.
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