A heavy barrage of rockets is fired into Southern Israel from Gaza. Air raid sirens to sound in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Rehovot where thousands of Israeli citizens live. Seven long-range missiles targeted at cities are intercepted by Iron Dome. The IDF has stated that there has been more than 80 rockets fired into the region. Israeli military forces have called 1,500 reserves up. IDF spokesman says:
We’re taking steps now… ahead of the possibility that the escalation increases. We’re preparing for a gradual increase in the use of force, and increasing our rate of attacks.