The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted a Palestinian projectile fired from the Gaza Strip toward the southern city of Ashkelon on Monday morning, the IDF
second Palestinian rocket slammed into an uninhabited area in the
Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area, an army spokeswoman added.
There were no injuries or damage in the attacks, which triggered a Color Red rocket alert.
rocket fire came a day after two mortar shells fired from Gaza landed
in southern Israel and coincided with the announcement of the names of
26 Palestinian security prisoners set to be released by Israel on
The Israel Prison Service publicized the names late Sunday
of the 26 Palestinians to be released from Israeli jails, the second
batch of pre-Oslo inmates convicted of terrorism who are to be freed as
part of the ongoing peace negotiations between Jerusalem and the
All of the 26 prisoners on the IPS list,
21 of whom are from the West Bank and five of whom are from Gaza, were
either convicted of murder or attempted murder.
The rocket, fired from the Gaza Strip, is the first to activate Iron Dome in several months.
In August, an Iron Dome battery intercepted a rocket fired by terrorists in Sinai at the Red Sea city of Eilat.
fired by the battery blew up the incoming rocket over Eilat's skies
shortly before 1 a.m. on August 13. The rocket had triggered an air raid
siren and sent residents and tourists fleeing for cover.
It was the first time Iron Dome went into action over Eilat.
The IDF mobilized a battery to Eilat in July following increased terrorist activities in the Sinai Peninsula.
In June, the IDF stationed an Iron Dome battery in the Haifa region, amid increased regional tensions with Syria.
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