Iron Dome 311 R.
(photo credit: NIR ELIAS / Reuters)
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. The system did reportedly intercept Grads fired at Beersheba.
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Two rockets fired toward Gan Yavne were successfully intercepted Sunday morning.
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.
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 10 [members] killed, including Sheikh Ahmed Khalil, a member of
Islamic Jihad's supreme military council. They also have a number of
injured," he said.
However, the length of the current escalation was unknown, and it could
last 24 hours or longer, Mordechai said. "If a number of dead is
suffered by one of the sides, the round could extend beyond the middle
of next week," he warned. "The current situation has no effect on the
Gilad Schalit trade with Hamas," Mordechai added.
According to Egyptian officials, however, Israel and Palestinian factions in
Gaza had agreed upon a ceasefire, set to begin at 6 a.m. on
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaking Saturday night with the
mayors of Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beersheba, promised that "the IDF's harsh
response, which hit three rocket launcher cells on Saturday, will be
even harsher if necessary."
He also requested that the mayors express to the residents of the
South his appreciation of their steadfastness in light of the rocket
fire from Gaza.JPost.com staff contributed to this report.