An Iron Dome missile being launched on Monday, March 12, 2012 - AFP
An Iron Dome missile being launched on Monday, March 12, 2012. Photo by AFP
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Two Palestinian militants were killed in the latest Israel Defense Forces strike in Gaza on Monday, raising the death toll since the beginning of the escalation on the Israel-Gaza border on Friday to 25.

IDF sources said the terrorists were killed while preparing to launch rockets into Israel. The IDF added that in recent days the terrorist cell had fired rockets into Israel.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 40 rockets at Israel on Monday, as the heavy cross-border barrage continued well into its fourth day. Two of the rockets fired Monday exploded near Gedera, just 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, and another struck inside the southern city of Ashdod.

Overall on Monday, 47 rockets exploded in Israeli territory, and 13 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

The Israel Air Force struck nine sites in the Gaza Strip, out of which were interceptions of high-trajectory missiles, and six weapons-manufacturing facilities.
Since the beginning of the escalation on Friday, 158 rockets have exploded on Israeli territory, and 56 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

The IAF struck 44 sites since the escalation began on Friday, out of which, 18 were high-trajectory missiles and 15 were weapons-manufacturing and storage facilities.