Israel Strikes Arms Depot in Gaza Following Palestinian Rocket Fire

Palestinian sources say arms depot belongs to Hamas' military wing; attack comes after two rockets and several mortars were fired into southern Israel earlier Thursday; IDF to deploy Iron Dome next week, Channel 10 says.

The Israel Air Force bombed an arms depot in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, which according to Palestinian sources, belonged to the military wing of Hamas.

The attack was carried out around 8:30 P.M. local time, after two rockets and several mortars were fired from Gaza at southern Israel earlier Thursday.

IAF strike in Gaza - AP - March 24, 2011

According to Palestinian reports, IDF forces also attacked a military facility which was formerly used as the Palestinian Authority's intelligence headquarters.

Channel 10 reported Thursday night that the Israel Defense Forces will deploy the Iron Dome missile intercept system next week in Israeli areas around the Gaza Strip.

The IDF is due to deploy for the first time a battery of the Iron Dome defense system around Gaza. However the move has only limited defense capabilities since one battery can only cover a limited area. The system itself is in its final stages before becoming operational.

Earlier Thursday, Palestinian militants fired a Grad rocket that fell around the area of the city of Ashdod and another Qassam rocket that fell in Sderot.

The violence Thursday came a day after a bomb at a bus stop in Jerusalem killed a British woman and wounded more than 30 Israelis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who left for Moscow late Wednesday, had promised a "tough reaction" to that attack, adding, however, that Israel would act "responsibly and wisely."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel would not accept rockets being fired against its citizens.