Rockets fired from Gaza intercepted by Iron Dome

Frederick Owens
December 17, 2017

Two of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system and two landed in open fields.

Lieberman said the recent rocket fire was the result of internal Palestinian political spats and not an indication that Palestinian factions were no longer afraid of Israel.

COGAT noted it was the second such incident this week. The area has been largely calm since the 2015 Israel-Hamas war. On Wednesday, a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza also fell inside the Palestinian territory and hit a public school, damaging a classroom, Maj.

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Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visited Thursday the southern city of Sderot, where he attempted to ease tensions following several days in which Gaza based terrorist groups fired rockets into Israel. Two Gazans have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops along the border and two others were killed in airstrikes.

On Friday, Israel reopened the pedestrian Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza after a one-day closure due to the stepped-up rocket attacks, COGAT confirmed. The two crossings are the main entry points for goods and people into the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel typically responds to each Gaza attack and holds Hamas responsible, regardless of which group fired.

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