Iron Dome intercepts rockets over Ashkelon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired from Gaza over the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

No injuries or damage were reported in the early-morning attacks on Thursday.

Hours later, the Israel Air Force fired on several sites in northern Gaza, including an underground rocket launcher, a weapon storage facility and a weapons manufacturing site, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

“The IDF response was precise, swift and efficient in eliminating terror capabilities that only exist in order to terrorize, kill and maim Israelis,” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement.

On Monday, rockets fired from Gaza landed near the site of the funeral and burial of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon just minutes after it had ended. Dozens of world and Israel leaders were attending the funeral.

 

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