A senior Popular Resistance Committees official, Abu Abir, claimed responsibility for the rocket barrages against southern Israel earlier in the day on behalf of his organization. Abu Abir told Ynet he urges the residents of Sderot and other southern communities to evacuate from their homes.
"What was up until now is nothing compared to what will be. We call on them to evacuate for their safety and the safety of their children," he said. (Ali Waked)