According to medical officials, the Israeli regime's airstrikes killed Enas Khammash, a pregnant Gazan woman, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, as well as another Palestinian.
After a sleepless night for residents of Gaza and nearby Israeli communities on Wednesday, there was little respite on Thursday morning. "On the other hand, as soon as our enemies hear the siren - I'm talking about sirens and balloons, not rockets - when they hear the sirens, all of them - the police, the civil defense and, the soldiers - throw themselves to the ground and have a panic attack". Also killed was a fighter with Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza. Hundreds of people took part in the funeral for the woman and child.
Israel and Hamas have engaged in several bouts of fighting this month. The Israeli air force, meanwhile, pounded targets across Gaza.
Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus insisted Israel only targeted Hamas military targets in Gaza.
Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel near the southern city of Sderot, Israel on August 9, 2018.
But at least 11 Israelis were injured after projectiles slammed into residential areas, blowing out windows and leaving cars and buildings pockmarked with shrapnel.
Medics reported at least four wounded taken to Israeli hospitals, including a seriously injured 30-year-old Thai woman.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Mondoweiss that they could not confirm the number of Israelis reportedly injured.
"Alarms have once again shattered the hope of the children of southern Israel for a quiet summer vacation - no country would tolerate such a situation", Danon said.
"Hamas is responsible & bears the consequences for the ongoing events", the army said on Twitter.
Israel says it has been defending its sovereign border against infiltration attempts by Hamas.
That was followed by the rockets and then the Israeli strikes. This is the Hamas regime's choice.
"Bayan was sleeping with her mother and father".
Palestinians inspect a house that was damaged in an Israeli airstrike on Dair al Balah in the center of Gaza Strip on August 9, 2018.
Hours earlier, a Palestinian official said armed factions in Gaza were prepared to halt a round of rocket attacks on southern Israel - where communities near the border had been targeted - if the Israeli military stopped its air strikes after two days of violence. "It's duty to respond and break the occupation". "The worldwide community must condemn Hamas and hold the organization responsible for this incomparable terror attack", said Danon.
The worldwide media will highlight the fact that Israelis can flee while the Palestinians in Gaza remained under fire.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted an unnamed senior Israeli commander as saying that the military is "nearing launching an operation in the Gaza Strip" if the current situation persists.
The rocket fire provoked a wave of Israeli strikes across the enclave overnight that killed three Palestinians, including a toddler.
"Hamas has been hit hard".
With fears of a new Israeli onslaught on the horizon, reports have emerged of the United Nations scrambling to negotiate a ceasefire.
Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special envoy who is involved in Egyptian efforts to broker a truce, said in a statement on Thursday that he's "deeply alarmed" by "multiple rockets fired toward communities in southern Israel" the day before.
"These incidents underscore the urgent need to work toward finding a lasting political solution for Gaza and to respond effectively to the humanitarian crisis affecting the Palestinian population", France said. "I don't know how, whether through reconciliation or a deal with Israel or Egypt".
The Gaza Strip is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, over 70% of which are refugees who were forcibly expelled from their homes in present-day Israel when the state was established in 1948. Hamas wants an end to a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian border blockade as a condition for any long-term deal.