In recent days, western Negev residents have had to readjust to the routine of living under the Qassam rocket threat, after long months of calm.
Yaniv, a father of four at a southern Kibbutz, told Ynet that "everything is back, the fears are back," a short while after Islamic Jihad fired a rocket barrage from Gaza Friday morning.
The only way to cope with the situation is to hug and kiss his children, Yaniv said.
"The older ones are trying to be strong, but the young girls took it harder," he said. "After the lull was violated and a rocket landed in our kibbutz, it took my 9-year-old a long time to overcome the anxiety. There is no control over the fear, it doesn't work like that."
Yaniv said he feels more secure when his children are at their fortified school or kindergarten. Meanwhile, regional security chief Avi Fadida says that schools will remain open Friday, despite the rocket attacks.
"The schools are much safer than homes at the communities," he said. "The students feel safer so all of them arrive."
Another local security officer, Nicky Levy, said officials are preparing for all possibilities.
"People are apparently better prepared and more relaxed compared to previous escalations," he said. "The regional council prepared the residents as well as emergency teams."