Israel strikes targets in Gaza after Palestinian rocket fire

Boys look at the fifth Iron Dome anti-missile battery, deployed near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday, November 17, 2012, after rocket barrages were launched at the city amid Operation Pillar of Defense. The IDF said the battery has higher interception abilities than the previous four systems already in use, and includes improved radar other upgrades.


By OFIRA KOOPMANS AND JAN-UWE RONNEBURGER | The (Hamburg, Germany) Deutsche Presse-Agentur | Published: January 16, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israel Air Force hit four targets in Gaza in response to rockets fired from the Palestinian territory, the Israeli army said Thursday.

Militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip launched a volley of rockets toward the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, five of which were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system, an Israeli military spokesman said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he believed there were six rockets in total, with five intercepted, and one which fell in an open field near the Gaza-Israel border fence.

The military said its retaliatory strikes had hit "a terror site, an underground rocket-launcher, a weapon storage facility and a weapons manufacturing site" in northern Gaza.

A Palestinian woman and four children were slightly injured by broken glass near one of the sites struck on Gaza City's outskirts, Gaza media reported.

No injuries or damage were caused by the rockets fired from Gaza.

"Iron Dome once more proved its efficiency in protecting the civilians of southern Israel," said military spokesman Peter Lerner.

Graphic explaining Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system, which is being used to defend the country against rocket attacks by Gaza militants.


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