The exchange of gunfire between the two sides persists despite calls for a ceasefire and Israeli political and military authorities declaring that the operation’s tactical goals have been met.
The Islamic Jihad fired rockets Friday just after noon toward Beit Shemesh and the Gush Etzion region.
Two of the rockets were intercepted, one by the Iron Dome system and the other by the brand-new David’s Sling air defense system, as sirens wailed in Beitar Illit, Gush Etzion, and Beit Shemesh.
Several rockets landed in open areas, one in Gush Etzion close to Bat Ayin. In Beit Shemesh, some rocket fragments landed in a yard. There were no recorded accidents or losses.
Israel halted all ceasefire negotiations in response to the strike, and IAF airplanes attacked targets in the Gaza Strip.
On Thursday, one rocket from the rocket barrage struck a building in Rehovot directly—an 80-year-old woman who used a wheelchair and could not access a safe place. The incident left the woman’s husband with minor injuries.