Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired more than 150 rockets and mortars towards civilian targets in Israel overnight August 8-9.
Israel blamed the Muslim-Brotherhood-linked Hamas, which controls the Palestinian coastal enclave. Clarion Project analysts say other organizations such as Islamic Jihad could well have joined in the rocket fire, which was ongoing at publication time.
This video shows the panic on Israeli streets, particularly among children, as rockets rain in:
Hamas does not hide its desire to rise up against Israel and clear the Middle East of its Jewish population.
Speaking as the concentrated rocket attack began, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the time has arrived to be loyal to the blood of the martyrs (Arabic-language link) and to change the military balance.
Hamas in its entirety or its armed faction is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, the European Union, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
This local Israeli woman explains what life has been like the last few hours: