Sirens mark second rocket fire attempt of the day. Earlier attack fell in open land, sparking Israeli retribution with tank and aircraft fire.

Iron Dome
Iron Dome. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least one rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory Monday night, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s office said in a statement.

No one was injured and no damage was caused as a result of the fire and interception.

Rocket alarm sirens blared across communities surrounding the Gaza Strip, but the rocket fire appeared to be aimed at the coastal city of Ashkelon, some 20 kilometers away.

Earlier today, additional rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave and Israel responded with tank fire and air strikes on Hamas targets.

This is the second time in the past week that Iron Dome was put into action. On Friday night a rocket was intercepted en route to Israel. On the same day, two rockets landed in the Israeli city of Sderot causing damage to a kindergarten and to vehicles.

srael traditionally holds Hamas responsible for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Both Hamas and the Iranian-linked Islamic Jihad are reported to have the weapons needed to hit the city of Ashkelon. No group has yet to take responsibility for this evening’s fire.

On Sunday Israel said it had neutralised a Hamas-dug tunnel stretching under the Gaza-Israel border, delivering a blow to the terror organization.

The attacks come amid large-scale protests across the Arab in Muslim world in opposition to US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that his country recognizes Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post