A heavy barrage was fired for the second time at central Israel and the Sharon plain on Friday night. The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over Rosh HaAyn and two over Gan Yavne.
Following the interception, shrapnel fell in several area in central Petah Tikva and in Hod HaSharon. So far, no injuries or damage reported.
Shortly before that, the Iron Dome intercepted two rockets fired at Ashdod, and one rocket fired at Ashkelon, while another landed in an open area near Ashkelon. Three rockets hit outside communities in the Eshkol Regional Councils, one near Netivot and three in open areas in Sdot Negev.
The Iron Dome also intercepted three rockets fired at Ashdod, while two hit open areas in Sha'ar HaNegev and Sdot Negev.
In a massive rocket barrage fired at Israel in the afternoon, Iron Dome missile shot down at least five rockets over Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and the Be'er Tuvia regional council; some six rockets exploded in open area.
In two seperate attacks between 11:30am to noon, Hamas claimed responsibility for firing 5 rockets at Tel Aviv. It was confirmed that 2 of the rockets were shot down in the second of these attacks. Iron Dome also intercepted one rocket over the Sharon region while one fell in an open area.
|VIDEO: Iron Dome intercepts rockets over central Israel|
The Iron Dome missile defense missile also shot down at least one rocket launched from Gaza near Ashkelon while one rocket exploded in an open area.
Interception over central Israel (Photo: Hen Shamer)
Code red sirens sounded in Eilat on Thursday night at 10:10 pm, for the second time since Operation Protective Edge was first launched seventeen days ago. The Iron Dome intercepted one rocket above the city. Local residents reported hearing explosions.
|Panic in Eilat after rocket fired at resort city (Photo: Shanni Zimmer) |
Gaza rocket fire at Israel continued throughout the entire day, with one person wounded by rocket debris in Eshkol while two rockets fell in open areas in Be'er Sheva in the evening hours.
The person was lightly wounded by rocket shrapnel after a greenhouse in one of the communities of Eshkol sustained a hit. A rocket also exploded in a Kibbutz in Sdot Negev. No injuries or damage were sustained.
Earlier in the day two rockets exploded in open areas near Be'er Sheva. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
Before that the Iron Dome system intercepted one rocket over Ashkelon with sirens blaring in the Regional Councils of Eshkol and Sha'ar HaNegev at 7 pm. Half an hour beforehand, a mortar shell exploded in an open area in Eshkol, and rockets were also fired to the area of Ashdod as well, falling in open areas.
Thursday morning, two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Petah Tikva and Bat Yam in the first barrage. In a second barrage, two rockets were intercepted over Tel Aviv and a third over Bat Yam. Shrapnel from intercepted rockets were found in major roads in Tel Aviv.
Magen David Adom paramedics were treating two people who were lightly hurt while running for shelter in Ra'anana and Ramat Gan, and 7 suffering from shock in Holon, Petah Tikva, Yehud and Rosh HaAyn.
Itay Blumenthal and Matan Tzuri contributed to this report.