Palestinians opened fire Tuesday morning at farmers working in a field near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha in southern Israel. There were no reports of injuries. An IDF force fired back at the shooters, and the farmers stopped their work and were removed from the field.
An Ecuadorian volunteer was murdered by a Palestinian simper in the same area last week.
Seven Qassam rockets and one mortar shells landed in Israel since the morning hours. There were no reports of injuries, but damage was caused to crops in a kibbutz at the Sdot Negev regional council.
Two barrages were fired shortly before 8 am, as Sderot's children were making their way to school.
Nine Qassam rockets and 13 mortar shells were fired at the western Negev communities on Monday afternoon. Three of the mortars landed in the Palestinian territories.
Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported Monday night that an Israeli aircraft had fired a missile at a Izz al-Din al-Qassam (Hamas' military wing) cell near the Jabalya neighborhood in the northern Strip. There were no reports of injuries.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday evening that Israel must increase its pressure on Gaza to stop Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel.
Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, Barak said, "We must use more and more pressure on Gaza, what is important is the safety of the residents of the western Negev and Sderot. I care more about our quiet than their quiet."
Yonat Atlas contributed to this report