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Rockets fired from Gaza strike deep inside Israel

Israelis take cover during a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israelis take cover during a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP - Getty Images

Palestinian rockets struck two cities deep in Israel on Wednesday. Islamic Jihad, a smaller Gaza faction and occasional Hamas ally, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Beersheba and Ashdod that followed a surge of shelling between Israel and Hamas that killed four Palestinian civilians and five militants on Tuesday.

Israelis run to take cover into a shelter during a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israelis run to take cover into a shelter during a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP - Getty Images

Islamic Jihad said it fired Grad rockets, assembly-line weapons more sophisticated than some shorter-range projectiles Palestinian militants have used in the past, at Beersheba and Ashdod, 20 miles and 25 miles from Gaza respectively.

Israelis take cover during a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israelis take cover during a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP - Getty Images

An Israeli military spokeswoman said a Beersheba man suffered moderate shrapnel wounds and that the second rocket landed outside Ashdod's center, causing no damage. Read the full story.

Israeli policemen inspect the remains of a Grad rocket fired by Palestinian militants into the southern Israeli city of Beersheva on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli policemen inspect the remains of a Grad rocket fired by Palestinian militants into the southern Israeli city of Beersheva on March 23, 2011 as two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into Beersheva, a day after two deadly Israeli raids killed eight Gazans. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP - Getty Images