Hamas has intensified its violent demonstrations against Israel, turning the border between the Jewish state and the Gaza Strip into a "24/7" war zone as the terrorist group amps up its efforts to kidnap Israeli soldiers, according to Israeli security sources and regional reports.
"That's the only way to lower the level of violence to zero or close to zero", Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying on Tuesday, after Israeli forces shot at a group of Palestinians allegedly trying to send incendiary balloons into Israeli neighbourhoods near Gaza that morning.
The Magen David Adom rescue service said a mother and three children in the home were being treated for shock symptoms.
The attack on Beersheva came as Lieberman said he is pressing for upgraded military action to quiet the situation in Gaza.
The rocket was the first to hit an Israeli home since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.More news: Oil prices seeking bullish rebound on supply constraints, WTI eyeing $72.00
Hamas and Islamic Jihad denied responsibility for the rocket fire, issuing an official joint statement hours after the attack that said, "The Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Factions lauds the efforts exerted by Egypt to serve the Palestinians their legitimate demands, and we reject any other attempt to undermine the Egyptian endeavors, including the launch of a rockets took place last night". Beersheva is Israel's fourth largest city.
It was unclear who fired the projectiles but the Israeli army says it holds Hamas accountable for what is happening in the territory under its control and commonly retaliates against them after such incidents.
Since March, 155 Palestinians have been killed during the protests.
Earlier, Conricus told CBN News that Hamas is trying to involve the global community by getting Israel to kill Palestinians. "If Hamas is intelligent, it will cease fire and violence now". Over the weekend, Israel halted Qatari-donated fuel shipments to Gaza's power plant in response to the escalated protests.
Seven were killed and hundreds injured during the most recent protests on Friday, with Lieberman later suspending fuel supplies to the already energy-starved Gaza Strip.
The UN says Israel's 11-year blockade of the enclave, ruled by Islamist movement Hamas, has resulted in a "catastrophic" humanitarian situation.
Gaza's two million residents endure dire living conditions including a shortage of safe drinking water and regular power cuts, partly due to a lack of fuel for the strip's power station.