Schools in southern Israel were closed Tuesday after more than 60 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip overnight, the JTA reports.
The rockets continued to be aimed at civilian areas of southern Israel even as Hamas said it had accepted a cease-fire agreement brokered through Egypt that was to take effect at 10 p.m. Monday night.
Rockets continued to be fired until after 3 a.m. Tuesday with several intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and others landing in open areas. There were no reported injuries to Israelis. A private home in Sderot was damaged after a rocket landed on it but failed to explode.
Israeli jets responded throughout the night, striking Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad military compounds in northern Gaza, among others. The Israel Defense Forces announced that it destroyed the office of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. At least three Palestinians were reported injured in the bombings.