Saturday, November 17, 2012

Israel-Palestine Conflict – The Fifth Day

Over 60 Palestinian rockets were fired at Israel on Saturday, including a long-range Fajr-5 rocket fired at Tel Aviv that was intercepted by an Iron Dome missile. The IDF had installed the fifth Iron Dome battery near Tel Aviv today, only two hours before Hamas fired at the city. In total, some 460 rockets have landed in Israeli territory since Operation Pillar Defense began on Wednesday, with 33 of those rockets landing in build-up areas. A 10-story building was hit in Ashdod at midday and a car was damaged during a barrage of rockets on that city. 

Israel’s missile defense system, the Iron Dome, has reportedly engaged 272 of incoming rockets in the past five days, hitting 243 of its targets.

The Israeli air force continued to bombard targets within the Gaza Strip, but thus far Israeli ground forces have not begun an incursion into the territory.
Photo credit: An Iron Dome missile is launched in Tel Aviv to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP/Haaretz)

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