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(photo credit: Eshkol Regional Council)
A Kassam rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in open fields south of Ashkelon on Thursday evening.
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No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.
The last rocket to be fired from Gaza before Thursday evening's attack
was on Tuesday when a rocket exploded in the Sderot area causing no
damage or injuries.
In an attempt to limit the damage caused by rocket fire, Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the Beersheba
battery of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system
on Thursday, announcing that
its trial deployment has begun.
IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan told reporters that "this battery
is ready for action," and expressed pride that it is "The fruit of
Israeli development and is being operated by Israelis."