Only three civilian fatalities to date, but a climate of fear pervades Israel's southern communities.
As the assault on Hamas intensifies, 20 relatives try to find some calm in a three-bedroom apartment.
Israel has hit at hundreds of targets across Gaza but has not seriously damaged Hamas's fighting force, which continued to fire rockets on southern Israel on Sunday.
The conflict in the Gaza Strip is already having an impact on the political landscape in Israel ahead of parliamentary polls in February.
Both sides are maneuvering for another ceasefire, and Israeli troops are not likely to invade the Gaza strip, say analysts.
A six-month truce with Hamas ends Friday. Violence between Israel and Gaza militants has flared in recent days.
On Thursday in Egypt, Israeli President Shimon Peres backed the 'spirit' of a Saudi proposal that offers Arab recognition of Israel.