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Gaza rocket strikes southern Israel

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Kassam rocket fired from Gaza landed near Ashkelon in southern Israel.

The rocket attack early Thursday morning landed in an open area of Hof Ashkelon, located just to the east of Ashkelon. There were no reported injuries or damage, according to reports.

The Code Red alert signaling an incoming rocket heading for Israel sounded in several communities in southern Israel.

An Iron Dome anti-missile defense system battery is permanently stationed near Ashkelon. On Thursday, an Iron Dome battery was deployed at the port city of Ashdod, and on Wednesday batteries were deployed in Beersheba and Sderot.

The rocket attack comes after a week of terrorist attacks in Israel, including a bus bombing and another rocket fired from Gaza that landed near a school bus stop.

Israel retaliated for Sunday night’s rocket attack, hitting what it said were several terrorist targets, including a weapons manufacturing building and training grounds.

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