More than 800 rockets have hit Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense began on Nov. 14, striking houses and schools and other civilian areas; five Israelis have been killed from rocket fire.
While residents of southern Israel have gotten used to frequent rocket alarms in recent years, those living in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have also had to run for shelter in recent days as Hamas’ long-range rockets were speeding toward them.
The following photos will give a glimpse of what life in Israel has been like in recent days:
Children sleeping in a bomb shelter in Ashkelon after 14 rockets hit the city that night. November 18.
Burnt car in Beersheaa, Israel. November 15.
Children running for shelter in Kiryat Malachi as a rocket siren sounds. Two days earlier, three civilians were killed by a rocket strike in the town. November 16.
Store in Ashdod hit by rocket from Gaza, November 20.
A damaged car in Ashdod following a direct hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Saturday, November 17.
Rocket Fired From Gaza Hits Car in Beersheba, November 20
Hamas-Fired Rocket Hits House in Beersheba, November 20, 2012
Fajr-5 Rocket Hits House in Rishon LeZion, November 20 (Photograph by Dror Einav)