The calm of the Sabbath was interrupted overnight Friday, as sirens were sounded in Ashkelon and in other communities located near the Gaza border.
Footage published on Twitter showed the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepting a rocket fired from Gaza.
The IDF confirmed that two launches of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory were identified.
One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system and the second exploded in an open area, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
There were no physical injuries or damages.
Friday’s rocket attack comes one month after the last incident of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. In mid-June, rocket sirens were sounded in areas of southern Israel near the border.
The IDF confirmed that one rocket was fired from Gaza towards Israel, and added that the rocket was intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array. There were no injuries reported from the rocket fire.
Hours later, the IDF retaliated and struck a number of Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
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