Gaza fighters kept up their most intense rocket fire on Israel since the 2014 Gaza war over Monday night and Tuesday morning، killing an Israeli in Ashkelon and wounding dozens across Israel's south. Starting from Monday afternoon، hundreds of projectiles fired from Gaza pounded Israeli communities، a day after a botched Israeli intelligence operation in Gaza that resulted in the deaths of an Israeli officer and seven Hamas operatives، including a key Hamas commander.
Magen David Adom emergency medical personnel were on the highest alert level، administering first aid to at least 55 people in a number of locations across southern Israel. The man killed in Ashkelon was Mahmoud Bashir Abu Asbah، 48، from the Arab village of Halhul، near Hebron. He was killed when a rocket fired from Gaza scored a direct hit on an apartment building. His body was only discovered an hour after the impact، when a civilian surveyor working for a construction company came to film the damage and found the dead man and a seriously wounded woman in her 40s in the rubble. The IDF said some 400 rockets and mortars had been launched from Gaza since Monday afternoon، with about 100 of them intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system. School was canceled in many areas in southern Israel and a local election was postponed because of the threat of further attacks.