Since Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 13,500 rockets and mortars into Israel, putting nearly one million Israeli citizens under direct threat everyday.
Since 2001, this rocket terrorism has left more than 30 civilians dead, 1,500 injured, and hundreds of thousands traumatized.
Hamas' arsenal includes mortars and rockets such as the upgraded Qassam, Katyusha and GRAD. These weapons have ranges that can reach Israeli population centers such as Ashdod (population 200,000), Beersheba (pop. 197,000), Ashkelon (pop. 113,000), Rehovot (pop 113,000), and Sderot (pop. 22,000).
Sources: Israel Defense Forces Blog