Israelis Targeted by Rockets Despite 'Ceasefire'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- More than 20 rockets and missiles hit southern Israel overnight Wednesday despite the ceasefire declared by Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli pilots scored direct hits on a weapons storage facility, a weapons manufacturing site and an arms smuggling tunnel, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's Office reported. 

"Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted a weapons storage facility in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a smuggling tunnel and weapons manufacturing site in the southern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed," the IDF statement read.

Earlier, the IDF targeted an Islamic Jihad cell, killing a senior commander in the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's "military" wing, and wounding several others, Palestinian sources reported.

"Israel will pay a heavy price for this crime," the al-Quds Brigade said in a statement.

A nine-month-old baby was transported to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon for injuries sustained when a rocket set a parked car on fire in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. The baby's family said he was in his room when glass shards from the explosion injured him.

Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted two out of three Grad missiles fired at Beersheva. The third landed in an open field, with no injuries or property damage reported.

Earlier Wednesday, Palestinians fired more than seven rockets at Ofakim and Ashkelon.

Islamic Jihad-affiliated cells in Gaza claimed responsibility for the attacks in response to an earlier air strike that killed one of their commanders, the Palestinian Authority's Ma'an News Agency reported.

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