An Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza toward Israel on August 9.
(photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Following reports of a red alert in the regions of Eshkol and Merhavim, a projectile was reported to be fired from Gaza at Israel, according to the IDF. The Iron Dome aerial defense system launched an intercepting missile toward the incoming projectile headed for Israeli territory.
Rocket sirens were sounded
in the Urim and Patish communities located in the Eshkol region of southern Israel late Wednesday night, after a week of relative calm. Thousands of families were rushed to nearby bomb shelters.
Residents of the communities alleged hearing explosions in the area. No casualties have been reported.
This most recent escalation follows another attack last Wednesday in which rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel and a family home was struck in Beersheba. Hamas refutes claims of responsibility for the attacks, whereas the IDF claims Hamas are the only ones in Gaza with access to such a type of weaponry
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