Israel shoots down Gaza rockets, responds with air strikes

JERUSALEM Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:00am EST

Palestinians inspect their house yard, which they said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians inspect their house yard, which they said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City January 16, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at the city of Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, and the military responded with a series of air strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory.

No group has taken responsibility for firing the rockets, which were shot down by Iron Dome's small radar-guided missiles over Ashkelon, a coastal city of some 125,000 people about 12 km (seven miles) north of Gaza.

Israel says it holds the Islamist group Hamas, which has ruled the Palestinian enclave since 2007, responsible for all cross-border rocket fire.

Palestinian security officials said two Hamas camps were hit by Israel's air strikes and that five people were wounded.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch and Saleh Jadallah, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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Comments (3)
tergen wrote:
Think. Who is your enemy? Israel or the people who are supplying you with missiles?

Israel is not going anywhere and you are just showing the world how irresponsible you are. But maybe one of these days you’ll kill some innocent civilians, maybe some Arabs or Muslims, and feel good about yourselves.

Jan 16, 2014 2:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
“intercepted five rockets fired at the city of Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip”

Settlement THIS!

Jan 16, 2014 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:
Identifying the enemy is easy. The enemy are the ones illegally occupying your land. The enemy are the ones illegally expanding settlements on your land. The enemy are the ones who have recreated the Warsaw Ghettoes all over again, only on a much larger scale.

The enemy are the ones who do all that, and then posture as peaceful victims.

Jan 16, 2014 7:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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