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Three soldiers wounded in Gaza rocket attack

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November 16, 2012 | 9:47 am

Israeli soldiers patrol near the border of the Gaza Strip on Nov. 16. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli soldiers patrol near the border of the Gaza Strip on Nov. 16. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Three Israeli soldiers were lightly injured by a Palestinian rocket attack on the northern Negev.

The rockets landed on Friday afternoon, moderately wounding one soldier and causing minor injuries to the other two. All three were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Be´er Sheva, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said.

According to the IDF spokesperson, more than 500 rockets have been launched into Israel since the beginning of Pillar of Defense, the operation launched this week to counter rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Of those rockets, 26 hit populated areas and 110 were shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to the IDF. 

Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai has ordered municipal workers to open and prepare bomb shelters throughout the city after it was hit for a third time by a rocket from Gaza.

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