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Iron Dome intercepts rockets over Ashkelon

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June 16, 2014 | 3:34 pm

<em>Israeli soldiers stand next to an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery being positioned on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Sept. 8, 2013. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters</em>

Israeli soldiers stand next to an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery being positioned on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Sept. 8, 2013. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

Two rockets fired from Gaza at Ashkelon were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, while two others landed in open areas of the southern Israeli city.

Israel’s Air Force retaliated for the attack late Sunday night by striking five terrorist-related sites in Gaza.

Israeli military aircraft bombed three weapon storage and manufacturing facilities as well as two terror activity sites, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The two rockets intercepted by Iron Dome were headed for populated areas of the city. No injuries and some shrapnel damage were reported from the rockets that landed in southern Israel.

More than 10 rockets have been fired at Israel in the last two weeks. Over 200 rockets have been launched from Gaza at Israel since the beginning of the year, according to the IDF.

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