The rapid firing of rockets appeared to be an effort to overwhelm Israel’s Iron Dome missile system, which has been successful in intercepting rockets from Gaza. Israel said the Iron Dome intercepted 60 rockets, while many of the others fell in open areas.

“This is the most intense barrage since 2014 in terms of number of rockets fired in a short time,” said Michael Horowitz, deputy head of intelligence at the Le Beck analysis firm.

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