Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired by Gaza militants into southern Israel
No injuries, damage reported; attack came about a month after four Grad rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the western Negev city of Netivot.
An Iron Dome anti-missile battery intercepted a rocket fired by Gaza militants at the southern city of Ashkelon on Tuesday. No injuries or damages are reported.
The attack came after, late last month, four Grad rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the western Negev city of Netivot.
Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome system and the two others fell in open areas outside the city. No injuries or property damage were reported. Another rocket fell on Tuesday morning in the area of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.
There were no injuries and no property damage were reported.
The attacks at the time came amid more than 20 rockets being fired toward Israel, with a factory worker in Sderot moderately wounded.
Earlier this month, Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh said he was confident Egypt's new president would shield the Palestinian enclave from Israeli attack and fully open its borders to end a trade blockade.
Mohamed Morsi, who won power in last month's presidential election in Egypt, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and ideologically close to Hamas.
The Gazan Islamists long complained that his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, ousted from power last year in a popular revolt, sided not just with Israel, but also with their political rival - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.
So far, Hamas has seen little sign of a policy shift since Morsi took office and diplomats said the Egyptian leader had so many domestic problems that he could ill-afford to dedicate much time to re-tooling Cairo's relations with the Palestinians.
However, Haniyeh, the head of Hamas's Gaza government, told worshippers in a mosque that change was coming.
"We are confident that Egypt, the revolution led by Morsi, will never provide cover for any new aggression or war on Gaza," he said. "We are confident that Egypt, the revolution led by Morsi, will not take any part in blocking Gaza," he added.
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