Itongadol/AJN.- IDF Spokesperson\’s Unit says Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rocket. No injuries, damage reported
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket launched at Eilat on Friday, the IDF Spokesperson\’s Unit reported.
Several minutes earlier, a red alert siren sounded in the southern city, after security forces detected the launch from the Sinai Peninsula.
Security sources were patrolling the area, but no hits were detected.
Chen Oved, an Eilat resident, told Ynet after that he and his family ran to a fortified room once the siren was heard.
According to him: "We\’ve come to realize that we\’re in the line of fire. It\’s unacceptable. I think we need defense officials to respond. They need to realize that something is happening. Not that another rocket salvo hits and nothing will be done."
On Thursday, a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported, prompting the IDF to lauch a retaliatory strike on the Gaza Strip.
Four Palestinians were injured as a result of the IDF\’s airstrike.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya\’alon confirmed reports that the IAF struck three direct Hamas targets in the strip, noting: "We will not tolerate rocket fire on Israel.
"The IDF and other security forces will continue to chase after those who shoot at Israel or try to execute terror attacks, and they will not hesitate to attack those attempting to do so."
Tensions have recently risen in and around Gaza after a year of relative calm, with six Palestinians and an Israeli killed since December 20 and rocket fire sparking retaliatory air strikes.