ROCKETS FIRED FROM GAZA - UPDATE:
Several rockets were fired from Gaza, hours before a 72-hour ceasefire was to end. At least two separate alerts were issued since 2:47 PM Eastern Time.
According to media reports, two rockets fired hit near Ashkelon, a city on the Mediteranean Sea. A third rocket landed near the Gaza perimeter. The rockets fired by Hamas, a terrorist group whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, did not cause any casualties.
Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Hamas has reportedly fired over 11,000 rockets into Israel. A blog from the IDF identified four major types of rocket, including the Qassam, the Grad (or Katyusha), the M75, and the M302. Many of the rockets are provided by Iran.
The M302 is able to hit areas north of Haifa, a city on the Mediterranean Sea in the northern part of Israel. During Operation Protective Edge, over 200 rockets have been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome system.
UPDATE: At 4:50 PM EDT, five more alerts were sent, with rockets laning near Ashkelon and the perimeter of Gaza.