30 rockets hit Israel on Friday night in the latest escalation between the Gaza-based terror groups and Jewish State.
6 Israelis in Sderot were lightly wounded and were evacuated to Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital.
Israeli warplanes attacked over 80 targets in Gaza following the rocket onslaught. After the escalation, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot met with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to consult over how to proceed.
The vast majority of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
"The Aerial Defense array is widely prepared for ongoing days and for a wide range of scenarios. Last night, we operated our systems to prevent many rockets from the Gaza Strip to hit Israel. All of the threats that were aimed at populated areas were fully and successfully intercepted. The rest of the threats fell in open areas," said Commanding officer of Iron dome's 947th Battalion, Lt. Col Nir.
“We are prepared every day of the year, whether it be day or night," added Major Elad, who is the deputy commanding officer of the 947th Battalion.
"During the last few weeks we have had to be more alert than usual, and so there is no distinction between the regular week and the weekend. We are always at the same level of readiness and vigilance. The soldiers in the Interception Management Center and the soldiers in the field at the launching sites are all at a very high level of readiness and vigilance," continued Major Elad.
"There is nothing that can surprise us, we prepare our forces to be ready and to respond very quickly under incredibly short time constraints. Although the teams in the field are young, they are a very experienced group and are alert and ready and know how to respond to any threat. We execute our mission with great passion and vigilance. We are ready to defend the citizens of Israel at any time and in any place."