Near-constant barrages fired from Gaza; sirens in Ashdod, Beersheba, southern towns

Rockets are fired at the southern city of Ashdod and numerous southern towns and villages.

It is the first time today that projectiles have been fired at Ashdod.

The rocket fire has been almost nonstop at some locations for a number of hours, sending residents rushing for shelter.

A number of direct hits are recorded over the course of the day, causing extensive damage and light injuries.

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