Just short of 8:00 p.m. Israel time, air raid sirens sounded in the city of Dimona, in southern Israel. Seconds later two rockets landed in open areas; a third was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Dimona houses Israel's nuclear reactor, which according to Hamas, was the target of the rockets. Thankfully there was no indication that rockets damaged any part of the reactor.
Hamas' Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the rockets, stating that it had been using long-range M-75 rocket attempting to hit the nuclear reactor. A direct hit on the reactor can lead to a meltdown or some other incident leading to a nuclear fallout which could kill hundreds of thousands of Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Egyptians.
The timing of the Dimona rockets was not accidental; 8:00 p.m. in Israel is the time for the main main nightly news broadcasts. Hamas was not only attempting to create a nuclear conflagration, but aiming for evening news coverage.
This represents a dangerous escalation of the Hamas rocket barrage. During the past two days 300 rockets have been fired at Israel; 220 have actually struck a target.