The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted a rocket that was fired at Ashdod Thursday evening. Two more rockets fell in open areas later on Thursday night, bringing the day’s rocket total to seven.

Security chiefs, convening late on Thursday, decided to maintain restraint in the face of the intermittent rocket fire, in the hope that the ceasefire would yet hold fully.

Continuing rocket fire from Gaza prompted many southern municipalities to decide to close schools on Friday.

Beersheba mayor Ruvik Danilovich told Israel Radio on Thursday that “As long as there is shooting, there will be no school.” City hall announced that schools in Beersheba would not be open on Friday after Iron Dome shot down a rocket fired at Beersheba Thursday morning.

Also on Thursday morning, a rocket was fired at the southern town of Netivot, landing a short distance away from a school. Most Netivot parents took their children home from schools in the town after the incident.

Another Kassam landed in the Sdot Hanegev region earlier in the day.

Schools in Ashkelon, Ofakim, Bnai Shimon and Kiryat Gat will also be closed on Friday.

On Thursday schools were closed in Beersheba, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gan Yavne, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi.

Hamas sources in Gaza blamed Islamic Jihad for violating the Egyptian brokered ceasefire, which was agreed by the terrorist organization on Tuesday.

Channel 2 news reported that Egypt called on Israel not to escalate the violence and allow Hamas the necessary time to reign in those factions not adhering to the ceasefire.