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Israeli army: Iron Dome destroys rocket fired from Gaza

Oct. 10, 2015 11:54 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2015 11:29 A.M.)
An Israeli soldier walks past an "Iron Dome" battery on August 20, 2015 in Ashdod. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system on Saturday night intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that sirens sounded across southern Israel, before a single rocket was intercepted south of Ashkelon.

No injuries were reported, and she said she was not aware of any further rockets.

The rocket fire followed new violence in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian boys, aged 13 and 15, at a rally east of Khan Younis on Saturday.

Seven Palestinians were fatally wounded at a demonstration in Gaza the day before.

As tensions have spiraled in recent weeks, several rockets have been fired from the blockaded coastal territory into southern Israel, with Israel's army launching retaliatory air strikes in nearly every case.

Although much of the rocket fire has been claimed by small militant groups operating in Gaza, the Israeli army has consistently held the territory's de facto leaders Hamas responsible.

Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any rocket attacks since last year's devastating war, and the movement has been attempting to clamp down on many of the smaller armed groups.

Earlier Saturday, however, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned Israel that following a string of "war crimes" the Palestinian "people will defend themselves by any means possible."
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