Iron Dome Intercepts Gaza Rockets Over Ashdod, as Escalation Continues for Third Day

IDF conducts three strikes in Gaza overnight and Sunday morning, killing two Palestinians; Iron Dome has intercepted more than 30 rockets since Friday.

A volley of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip was intercepted by the Iron Dome system in the Ashdod area on Sunday morning, as the escalation in Israel's south continued for a third day.

Overnight and on Sunday morning, the IDF conducted three strikes in Gaza, in which two Palestinians, including a teenager, were killed.

Iron Dome March 11, 2012 (AP)

A weapons manufacturing site and a rocket launching squad were among the targets of the IDF strikes.

More than 110 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since Friday. More than 30 rockets have been shot down by the Iron Dome, which is designed to only intercept rockets identified as heading toward populated areas.  

On Sunday morning, a rocket exploded in open territory in the Ramat Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.

Schools was called off in Sunday in Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva, Ashdod and other regional councils in Israel's south, affecting more than 200,000 students.

So far, 17 Palestinians, 16 of them militants, have been killed in the latest round of Israel-Gaza border violence that began on Friday.

A Thai worker in an Israeli community near the Gaza border was seriously wounded in a rocket attack on Friday.

The rocket salvos from Gaza began on Friday after the Israel Air Force launched a strike in Gaza that killed the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhir al-Qaisi, who was believed to be planning a large terror attack on Israel's southern border.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with regional council heads in Israel's south and said Israel will continue to strike whoever plans attacks on Israeli citizens.

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