Four additional rockets were fired at Ashkelon Friday and three were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the IDF announced, adding that it had bombed the terror cell that had fired the rockets, identifying a direct hit.
Terrorists in Gaza continued rocket fire towards Israel Friday, hitting chicken coops as well as a factory and causing serious damage. Eleven mortar shells were also fired throughout the afternoon and early evening.
The IDF, for its part, bombed rocket launching cells throughout Friday and announced that at least two Hamas terrorists were killed. Three civilians were also killed in the strikes, among them a mother and daughter.
At around 5:45 pm, residents of Ashkelon witnessed loud explosions. A number of them wrote to Ynet that they had seen Iron Dome intercept rockets in the sky.
The system was installed just Monday, and made its first interception Thursday evening.
The IDF said earlier that Air Force craft bombed two terror cells in the southern Gaza Strip, east of Khan Younis. “The terrorists were firing mortar shells from the heart of a civilian neighborhood in the southern Strip,” the army said in a statement.
Altogether 22 mortar shells and six Qassam rockets were fired at Israel by Friday evening.
The army added that apparently civilians had been harmed in its retaliatory strikes. “Hamas chooses to operate from within civilian populations and uses them as human shields,” the statement says.