IDF Confirms Rocket Fired at Israel After Sirens Sound in South

Israeli army deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries in several locations in the south last week following several incidents of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Ilan Assayag

A missile was fired toward southern Israel by Gaza militants late on Thursday, setting off sirens in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and in the city of Ashkelon. The missile fell short of the separation barrier and exploded within the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.

This was the first time sirens were heard since last Saturday evening, when a rocket exploded in an open area in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. No damage was reported in that incident.

In response to Saturday's rocket fire, Israel Air Force struck “terror infrastructure” targets in the northern Gaza Strip,

The Israeli army deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries in several locations in the south last week, including one near the city of Ashdod, following several incidents of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory in the preceding days.