Investigation underway following Code Red Sirens in Ashdod and Iron Dome intercepting rocket
A rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti-missile system outside of Ashdod Tuesday night. A Code Red Siren was sounded in Ashdod with no injuries or damages reported.
The IDF and Israeli police are currently investigating the incident with initial reports claiming the rocket fire may be have been a result of clashes in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Salafist groups.
Two Iron Dome batteries were deployed in southern Israel in September amidst security concerns issued by the southern command.
The Israeli Air Force responded with airstrikes, hitting four targets in the Gaza Strip. IDF Spokesman
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner stated, “This evening, the third day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a rocket was fired at southern Israel sending the residents of Ashdod as well as several surrounding communities to nearby bomb-shelters. Hamas is responsible and will be held accountable for every attack emanating from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue defending all Israelis who are repeatedly attacked by such blatant acts of aggression.”