Schools Canceled in Beer Sheva After Two Rockets Strike Near City

One Hamas militant was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip early Sunday morning; IDF says it targeted rocket-launching squad.

Mayor Rubik Danilovich canceled classes in Beer Sheva schools on Sunday morning, following the overnight striking of two Grad rockets in open areas near the city.

The cancelation of classes is part of municipality protocol for responding to rocket attacks, as most academic institutions within Beer Sheva are not located in reinforced structures.

Schools and classes in Ashdod remain unaffected.

At roughly 5:30 AM on Sunday morning, two Grad rockets exploded in open areas near Beer Sheva. No casualties or damage were reported. A few hours earlier, two Qassam rockets hit an open field near Eshkol Regional Council. No casualties were reported there either.

In response to the Qassam fire, the Israeli Air Force attacked a target in central Gaza. According to a statement from the IDF Spokespersons Unit, the airstrike was aimed at a squad of terrorists attempting to launch rockets into Israeli territory. The statement said the attack hit its target and resulted in a secondary explosion – most likely due to the presence of explosive materials at the scene.

Palestinian officials confirmed the attack, claiming that its target was two Hamas militants riding on a motorcycle. According to the officials, one of the militants was killed on the spot and the other was injured and taken to a Gaza hospital.

The IDF statement also indicated Hamas as the source of rocket fire from within the Gaza Strip.

Trails of smoke are seen after the launch of rockets from the northern Gaza strip toward Israel.