MIDEAST > Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Tel Aviv: spokesman

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A newly installed battery of Israel's Iron Dome defence system successfully intercepted a Gaza rocket aimed at Tel Aviv Saturday, officials said, as sirens wailed across the city for a third straight day.
The sirens sparked panic, with traffic grinding to a halt and people running for cover, pressing themselves against the sides of buildings in search of shelter, AFP correspondents said.
Israel's Channel 10 television showed live footage of Iron Dome firing twice at the incoming rocket.
"The Fajr 5 heavy rocket that Hamas just launched at Tel Aviv was intercepted by the new fifth battery of Iron Dome," said Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for the prime minister's office, on his official Twitter account.
"No casualties or damage." Hamas militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades confirmed they were behind the rocket fire, saying they had launched an Iranian-built Fajr 5 rocket at Tel Aviv.
It was a baptism of fire for the new defence battery which was only installed in the Tel Aviv region earlier on Saturday in a deployment that was pulled forward by two months in the face of the rocket fire from Gaza where Israel is pressing a deadly air campaign.
Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli army says militants have fired more than 600 rockets over the border, of which 404 hit and 245 were intercepted by Iron Dome.
There are now five operational batteries of Iron Dome, with the other four based near Beersheva, the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod and the desert town of Netivot.


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Erdogan Erdogan

11/19/2012 6:23:50 AM

@ilker avni - You have to now that Hizbulla hate to Turkey is maybe more than to Israel after what Turkey is doing to Syria... So it is better that Turkey will sent her Anka to see what is happening in Lebanon before they will send rockets to antalia and Turkey can't inercept nothing....(or maybe rachat lokoom).

Aryeh Rapaport

11/18/2012 4:23:58 PM

Ilker, you dont seem to get the pint. You, Hamas, Hezbollah will suffer more then Israel. Have you no mercy on Gazans? Lebanese? Do you not recognize Lebanon is still rebuilding from 2006 war? Do you not see destruction on Israel. Every missile that falls on Israel will directly cause pain, death, sadness to which ever person, family, community, building, area who shot it. Have mercy!!

mr who

11/18/2012 10:50:39 AM

It would be jolly if the Palestinians were given a shared Jerusalem. Egypt gave territory ,Jordan gave territory and Israel gave the West Bank and a Palestine state was born again under an autonomous state of Egypt and all Palestinians returned home as well .

ilker avni

11/18/2012 8:12:54 AM

Its only a matter of time before Israel runs out of intercept missiles which costs each fourty thousand dollars,no dought the Americans tax payers are happy to fork out while they go without medicare or live on food stamps to protect Israel from them selfs.Hezbollah has upto a quater of a million rockets in they hide outs all over Lebanon.Iran has been arming they fav son Hassan Nasrullah with the latest weapons with missiles capable of hitting Israeli ships and they capital..
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