Defense Minister Benny Gantz extends the Home Front’s emergency state of readiness for a further two weeks and for a distance of 80 kilometers from the Gaza Strip.
That distance covers much of central Israel as well as the south.
The move implies that Israel expects the violence to continue for a prolonged period.
The announcement comes after the Israel Defense Forces says it killed a number of senior Hamas commanders in a joint operation with the Shin Bet internal security service.
Earlier Wednesday, Gantz said military operations will continue in the Gaza Strip until there is complete calm on that front.