An empty kindergarten in the southern Israeli town of Ashdod was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon, on the tenth day of the heavy Israeli offensive on Gaza intended to stop such rockets from being fired.
The rocket caused some damage to the building which had been closed as a precaution because of frequent rockets landing in Ashdod.
Israeli towns within rocket range of the Gaza Strip virtually shut down after Israel launched its offensive on Gaza on December 27.
Israel launched an air campaign against the missile launchers and against Hamas, the Islamic militant movement that rules the territory, while the militants in turn stepped up the barrage against Israeli towns and villages within their range.
The Israeli ground offensive that began on Saturday night brought cheer to Israeli civilians, convinced their government meant to end the missile terror even at the cost of what is likely to be heavy army casualties.
But the armoured and infantry assault brought no immediate respite from rocket attacks.
At least 45 missiles fell on southern Israel on Sunday, wounding five people.