IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai addressed the failure of one of the Iron
Dome batteries to intercept rockets over Ashdod. The IDF spokesman described the failure as a "technical failure." The error has reportedly been repaired.Addressing the situation in the south, Mordechai said, "Hamas is the ruling element in Gaza, but at this stage it has remained passive.""Through various ways, direct and indirect, we are checking to see how it is working to stop the escalation," Mordechai added."As of now, Islamic Jihad absorbed a painful blow from the IDF's response. It has been hit and it is feeling under pressure. Until now, they have had ten [members] killed, including Sheikh Ahmed Khalil, a member of Islamic Jihad's supreme military council. They also have a number of injured," he stated.