|From the Sha'ar Hanegev regional|
Council website's homepage
There's a temptation to connect this attack with the fact that Israelis have been celebrating the 66th anniversary today of our country's independence. But the reality is that incoming rockets have been arriving at the rate of roughly one a day since the year 2000. The fact that Israeli forces and Israeli civilians withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005 had the effect of massively enlarging the size of the security threat posed to Israelis living within firing range of the Hamas-controlled terrorism-obsessed area.
For the record as we noted here ["2-May-14: Overnight rocket attack on southern Israel: no injuries, no damage, no reporting"], the IDF says there have been more than a hundred rocket attacks on southern Israel since the start of 2014. Most by far go unnoticed outside the attack zone.
(Some news sites reported during Tuesday night that the Tzeva Adom incoming rocket siren was heard in the vicinity of Kibbutz Mefalsim, which is within Sha'ar Hanegev. We were unable to find confirmation that there had indeed been a rocket attack there, and refrained from reporting it. It now appears the siren at Mefalsim was sounded because of a system fault, and there was no rocket attack in that area.)