Dozens of rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli cities and communities in the south of Israel.
Some 40 projectiles are fired in a short period of time, with buildings suffering direct hits in the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod.
Rockets are additionally fired at Hatzor and Gan Yavne.
The Iron Dome missile defense system is activated but it is unclear how many projectiles are intercepted.
Two people are lightly injured and five people are treated for anxiety.