A ceasefire between the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad and Israel appears to be in place. Since midnight Danish time, no rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. It looks like the attacks are over – so far. Since Sunday, more than 90 rockets have been fired into southern Israel.
Monday night, the situation was still fragile and unclear. Then there were signs the fighting would subside. The head of the Israeli defense, Aviv Kochavi, feared the situation could escalate out of control.
Now that a ceasefire is in place, life is beginning to return to normal in southern Israel. Roads, railways and workplaces that were closed on Monday have reopened, but schools and kindergartens will remain closed on Tuesday.
The latest conflict began on Sunday when Israeli soldiers shot and killed a terrorist who mounted a bomb on the border fence against Israel. Later in the day, more than 30 rockets were fired at Israel. The Israeli defense responded by bombing Islamic Jihad targets in both Syria and the Gaza Strip.
The conflict escalated further on Monday when more than 60 rockets were fired at Israel. The rocket defense Iron Dome managed to shoot down 90% of the rockets that were on their way to populated areas, but a rocket managed to penetrate the rocket defense and exploded on the playground in a kindergarten in Sderot.
No Israelis were seriously injured in the attacks, but several have suffered minor injuries. Several have also been treated for shock by health professionals.
The rocket attacks take place just one week before the Israelis go to the Knesset elections again on March 2. The election in Israel is the third in a year.