Gaza Rocket Shot Down Over Ashkelon, Another Strikes Sderot


ROCKET SDEROTOne rocket fired from Gaza fell in an open area inside the city of Sderot in a residential area, damaging a bus and a home Friday night before a second round of code red sirens was heard in the south, this time in the city of Ashkelon, Ynet reports.

One rocket WAS shot down over Ashkelon just after 11:30pm by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system for the first time since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, just three hours after the rocket strike on Sderot.

Local residents in Sderot reported hearing the explosion from the rocket before hearing the corresponding code red sirens that are supposed to give warning of projectile attacks, according to Ynet.

injuries were reported, but an unconfirmed number of individuals were said to be suffering from shock at the scene.

The city of Sderot released a statement calling on Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to react swiftly and aggressively.

The rocket strike comes after a day of clashes in Yerushalayim, centered around the Har Habayis.

No claim of responsibility for the rocket attacks has yet emerged, Ynet says.

An Iron Dome battery was recently deployed to Ashdod as a precaution preparing for rocket fire from Gaza.