The Iron Dome air defense system has successfully intercepted more than 270 rockets since Operation Pillar of Defense against terrorists in Gaza began last week, but on Saturday a missile fired from one of the batteries in the south landed in close proximity to houses in Ashdod.
Iron Dome missile lands near houses in Ashdod (Photo: Gilad Kvalerchik)
The Iron Dome missile was launched in order to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza, but it landed near its launcher due to a technical malfunction.
Soldiers who were alerted to the scene neutralized the missile and cleared it from the area.
On Saturday the Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket that was fired toward the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
The Iron Dome battery was deployed in the area about two months ahead of schedule due to the rocket fire from Gaza.