Rocket fired at Tel Aviv, intercepted in mid-air

TEL AVIV Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:06am EST

Smoke trails are seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel November 17, 2012. Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Tel Aviv on Saturday but it was intercepted in mid-air by a newly deployed Israeli anti-missile battery and caused no casualties or damage, police said. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Smoke trails are seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel November 17, 2012. Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Tel Aviv on Saturday but it was intercepted in mid-air by a newly deployed Israeli anti-missile battery and caused no casualties or damage, police said.

Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Tel Aviv on Saturday but it was intercepted in mid-air by a newly deployed Israeli anti-missile battery and caused no casualties or damage, police said.

The armed wing of the Islamist Hamas movement said in Gaza that it launched a long-range Fajr-5 rocket at the city, Israel's commercial centre.

It was the third rocket attack on Tel Aviv since Israel began an air offensive in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

The Israeli military rushed an Iron Dome interceptor battery to the Tel Aviv area hours before the attack on Saturday. Deployment of the system came several months earlier than planned.

Witnesses saw two white plumes of smoke, the interceptor missiles, rise into the sky over the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv and heard an explosion when the rocket was hit.

Police confirmed the interception and said the rocket had not struck ground. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said there were no casualties.

(Reporting by Douglas Hamilton and Dan Williams, Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Ori Lewis)

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Gaza Israeli violence resulting from illegal land grabs condemned by the UN, EU, UK & the world

Israeli settlements, intended to abort the establishment of a Palestinian state, have been condemned by the UN, the EU, Britain, Russia and the US as illegal and a deliberate obstruction to peace. As a direct result, the Palestinians in Gaza have been bombarding southern Israel with home-made rockets, for years, as their only method of resistance to the right-wing, occupying Likud government under Binyam Netanyahu whose policy is to ethnically cleanse the entire West Bank and East Jerusalem.

This week, ahead of the coming Israeli elections, Netanyahu ordered the brutal assassination of a Palestinian leader in Gaza. It was carried out in the usual method of such state sponsored assassinations against a people with no aircraft and no tanks with which to defend itself.

So far, Saturday November 17th has seen 38 Palestinians killed by Israeli air strikes, the vast majority being civilians including children. The Israelis have lost 3 civilians to rockets fired from Gaza.

Israel is now massing tens of thousands of its troops and armour against the virtually defenceless 1.7 million people of Gaza in much the same way as in Operation Cast Lead in which they killed 310 children under the age of sixteen together with over 100 of their mothers. Another massacre is expected as the world looks on.

Now, not only is Gaza at great risk but also Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Netanyahu in his quest for re-election has started a war that can have enormous and terrible consequences for the Middle East and for global peace.

All to satisfy the election campaign of one man.

Nov 17, 2012 10:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
cherped wrote:
Where does one acquire such a bizarre and biased viewpoint? Ethnic cleansing? Plenty of Arabs live in Israel with a higher standard of living and more justice than their counterparts in Arab countries. Also, it is a well known tactic of Hamas operatives (and terrorist groups in general) to hide behind their weakest citizens. Playgrounds, schools and dense housing full of women and children are favored spots to “hang out”. Has Hamas called, texted or dropped mass leaflets warning civilian populations in Israel of incoming rockets? Illegal land grabs you say? Israel should have indefensible borders because the UN says so? Get a clue! The Arab extremists(crazies)think Israel is a pox to wipe off the map but that’s OK if the UN sanctions it? You sound like a terrorist yourself.

Nov 17, 2012 12:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
“Unfortunately, the root cause of the current conflict is the policy of the Israeli government in offering financial inducements for its citizens to leave their homes in Israel and to illegally settle in the occupied West Bank, thereby deliberately aborting the establishment of a Palestinian state in accordance with the wishes of the UN and the international community. That is absolutely the reason for the current damaging conflict which can now potentially affect millions if not successfully mediated.

The only solution is for all 500,000 illegal settlers to start to be repatriated back to Israel at the earliest possible opportunity. The West Bank and East Jerusalem are Arab lands as certified by the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.

Israel cannot continue to stand outside the law and still expect to trade with the democratic nations of the world.”

Nov 17, 2012 1:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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