"A launch [of a rocket] from the Gaza Strip aimed at hitting the Israeli territory has been registered", the statement said. Israel holds Hamas - which controls Gaza - responsible for everything that happens in the coastal enclave. "I said at the start of the cabinet meeting this week that if the attacks don't end, we'll end them", Netanyahu said, in the IDF Gaza Division's headquarters near the Strip.
The image was taken in an area that was "very unsafe and hard to access", noted Thomas Coex, AFP's chief photographer for Israel and the Palestinian Territories, France 24 added.
"We are not prepared to accept the level of violence we see week after week", Avigdor Lieberman told troops and commanders at an army base near southern Israel's border with Gaza.
Israeli officials said a woman and her three children whose home was hit evaded harm by rushing to a bomb shelter after warning sirens woke them up shortly before 4 a.m.
Usually, Israeli civilians are encouraged to return to their routine as quickly as possible, but on Wednesday, school was canceled in Beersheva and areas near the Gaza Strip.
In the hours after the rocket fire, Israeli fighter jets bombed some 20 targets in Gaza, the army said. The IDF has posted the video below. "We need to kill terrorists who want to kill us", Bennett said on Monday.
Beersheba is the largest city in southern Israel, with about 200,000 residents.
"Last night Hamas took actions which force us to strike a range of weapon production facilities, military compounds and underground infrastructure".
Egypt, which sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday for the latest round of talks on a long-term ceasefire, postponed a visit there by its intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, following Wednesday's surge in violence, Palestinian officials said. Over the weekend, Israel halted Qatari-donated fuel shipments to Gaza's power plant in response to the escalated protests.
Four Israeli tanker trucks had delivered fuel to Gaza on Friday morning before "an outburst of violence", Lieberman said.
IDF spokesman Lt. Col Jonathan Conricus explained that the mid-range rockets fired were at the disposal of only two groups in the Gaza Strip - Hamas and PIJ. A senior Hamas official said it would probably be rescheduled for next week. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.
Israel has drawn worldwide condemnation for its use of deadly force, but says it is protecting its borders and civilian population.
Earlier, Conricus told CBN News that Hamas is trying to involve the global community by getting Israel to kill Palestinians.
Egyptian and United Nations mediators have been trying to broker a deal that would see Israel ease the blockade in exchange for a long-term truce with Hamas.
Violence against Israel was further fanned when Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh "made a surprise appearance at one of the demonstrations", according to the JCPA. "This is what terrorist organizations do", Conricus said.
The groups said that when they carry out any attack, they "do not hide behind any curtain and and announce it in public in the context of their national responsibility".