Iron Dome intercepts Gaza rocket fired at Beersheba

IAF strikes Gaza after barrage of rockets slams South; Palestinians say 1 killed, several wounded during strike on rocket cell; 7 rockets fall in Eshkol Regional Council, Ofakim, Ashkelon.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 24, 2011 22:41
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The Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system.

Iron Dome 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

One of two rockets that was fired from Gaza towards the Beersheba area was intercepted by the Iron Dome system on Wednesday night.

Air raid sirens were heard throughout the city and no injuries or damage were reported.

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In what appeared to be part of an IDF response to renewed rocket fire into Southern Israel earlier in the day, the IAF evening bombed an Islamic Jihad rocket cell in Gaza City on Wednesday evening. Palestinians reported one dead and several wounded.

At least seven rockets landed near Ashkelon and in Ofakim on Wednesday evening. The rockets were believed to be fired by Islamic Jihad which was avenging an Israel Air Force air strike earlier in the day in which a senior operative was killed, who the IDF said was planning attacks against Israel from the Sinai Peninsula.

Four rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council and another two struck open land near Ofakim shortly after another rocket fell in an open field north of the Gaza strip near Ashkelon. No one was injured in the strikes.

The IDF had prepared for the rocket fire following the air strike against the Islamic Jihad operative and canceled the "Breeza" Festival in Ashkelon that was scheduled for Wednesday night.

Defense officials said that the IDF would continue to strike at terror cells that it spotted preparing to fire rockets into Israel or against terrorists who it knew, according to intelligence information, were in the midst of planning attacks against Israel like it did on Wednesday morning.

"This could lead to another escalation in rocket fire but the IDF will not stand by as Israelis are attacked," one official said.

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