Code Red sirens blared across southern and central Israel on Wednesday night, from Ashkelon to Gan Yavne, as Gaza militants resumed their rocket-launching activities. One rocket exploded in open space in Netivot.
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15 rockets were fired at Israel in a 15-minute span of time late Wednesday, all of which were either intercepted or fell in open areas.
Earlier Wednesday, Hamas claimed responsibility for rocket fire on Dimona, saying their target was the city's nuclear reactor. Iron Dome missile defense battery intercepts one rocket.
Dimona's mayor said, "We already opened shelters yesterday although we did not receive explicit instructions to do so."
Sirens sounded in Holon, Bat Yam, Rishon LeZion, as Iron Dome intercepts new round of rocket fire from Gaza over the skies of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
At least two rockets fell in open areas north of Zikhron Ya'akov, just 37 km south of Haifa, in what was the longest reaching rocket attack since Operation Protective Edge began late Monday.
Earlier in the morning, five rockets were fired at the Tel Aviv metropolitan area in the morning, as fighting in the south continued to escalate. Throughout the day rockets rained on southern Israel.
According to the IDF, more than 225 rockets were fired at Israel since Operation Protective Edge began late Monday night. Some 40 of those rockets were intercepted by Israel's advanced Iron Dome missile interception system.