Iron Dome - Reuters - March 12, 2012
An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near the southern city of Ashdod, March 12, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Gaza militants fired a fresh barrage of rockets on Monday morning toward the southern Israeli cities of Ashdod and Be'er Sheva, after an overnight IDF strike in Gaza that killed two Islamic Jihad militants and wounded 38 Palestinians.

Most of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, or exploded in open areas. One rocket fell in Eshkol Regional Council, and caused minor damage to a building.

Overnight, the Israel Air Force attacked six locations in strikes on the Gaza Strip, killing two Islamic Jihad militants, one Palestinian child, and wounding 38 others, including several children.

The IAF also killed another Palestinian militant who was launching a rocket toward Israel, as well as a weapons storage site and five rocket-launching sites.

The Home Front Command decided to once more cancel classes in most of the towns near Gaza.

On Sunday, residents of southern Israel suffered a day under siege as Palestinians in the Gaza fired about 50 more rockets at the Negev.

Two Grad-type Katyusha rockets fell in Be'er Sheva after the Iron Dome battery that had been protecting it suffered a technical malfunction.

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One rocket hit a school, which was empty since schools in the city were closed Sunday, and the other hit a parked car. Fifteen people were treated for shock, though there were no other casualties.

The rockets and the ball bearings that they ejected hundreds of meters caused heavy damage to buildings and vehicles. Another rocket hit a chicken coop in Moshav Carmia in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, causing heavy damage.

 

In Gaza, medics reported that Israeli air strikes killed three Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy. A total of 18 Palestinians were killed in IAF strikes since Friday.
Since Friday, 104 rockets were fired toward Israel, 43 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense systems. The IAF carried out 23 strikes in the Gaza Strip.

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