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Iron Dome battery (archives) Photo: Meir Ohayon
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Gaza rocket fire: 2 Iron Dome batteries deployed in south

Missile defense batteries placed in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, Ashkelon area after rocket lands in south on eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ilana Curiel, Yoav Zitun
Published: 04.09.13, 00:26 / Israel News

The Air Force deployed on Monday two Iron Dome missile defense batteries in south Israel. One battery was placed in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, while the other was deployed near Ashkelon. An additional battery was deployed last week in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city.

 

On Sunday, a rocket was fired from Gaza toward the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council as annual ceremonies were held nationwide to remember the 6 million Jews murdered by German Nazis and their collaborators.

 

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The rocket exploded in an open area and caused no injury or damage. On Monday the Color Red siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council, but no rocket launchings were identified.

 

In response to the rocket attack, the army closed the Kerem Shalom goods crossing into the Gaza Strip on Monday.

 

The Erez crossing would be open for humanitarian cases only, the IDF said.

 

Israeli TV showed footage of people in the south of the country abandoning a memorial ceremony and running for cover as sirens wailed warning of incoming rocket.



 

Hardline Salafist terrorists in Gaza claimed similar rocket attacks last week, which were met with Israeli air strikes that caused no damage or casualties.

 

Rockets were fired at Israel during a visit to the region by US President Barack Obama in March.

Israel has blockaded Gaza since the Islamic terror group Hamas took over in 2007.

 

AP, AFP contributed to the report

 

 

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