Deep into the night, intense bombardment, the flash of outgoing rockets from Gaza.
Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system knocked out several of the missiles but the majority got through.
And in response, came the blasts and flames from Israeli air strikes.
This is how it started. Here, a rocket unlike most of them finding its target, the Israeli town of Sderot with people fleeing in all directions in the panic.
Towns right across southern Israel, under attack. The response was fast.
Air strikes right across the Gaza Strip up to 20.
Mostly basis of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.
It released a statement, saying in retaliation against the Israeli aggression, the resistance is continuing to fire rockets at Israeli towns.
The casualties may not have been high in number, but they included a mother and baby in a house hit in Deir al-Balah.
As emergency services on both sides of Gaza’s walls responded to the barrage of incoming and outgoing fire, Egyptian mediators were engaged in trying to pursue both sides to call a truce.
Much rest now, on the real intentions of Israel and Hamas to one or both really intend to break down the ceasefire talks.
And Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Envoy has been here before, not so serious but he mediated and succeeded in stopping the fighting a month ago.
His words: Our collective efforts have prevented an explosion until now.
We will work hard to ensure Gaza steps back from the brink.
Can Mladenov and Egyptian mediators bring Gaza back from the brink again?
Gaza people are in fear tonight that he may not succeed.
There are more questions than answers right now.
Could this be a tactical prelude of violence ahead of signing any agreement to get more damage done on Hamas as far as the Israelis concerned and Hamas to rally its faithful with a show of force?
But everything rests now with the Israeli response, it seems and the Israeli security cabinet is meeting later on Thursday, we may know more then.