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Israel Downs Rocket Launched from Gaza

Israel Downs Rocket Launched from Gaza

Sunday, 2 August, 2020 - 18:45
Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel as seen from the city of Ashkelon, Israel, May 5, 2019. REUTERS/ Amir Cohen

The Israeli military said it intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night in a rare attack punctuating months of relative calm.

Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

The military said the Iron Dome missile defense system downed an incoming rocket. There were no reports of casualties, but Israeli media reported damage to a vehicle.

Sunday’s attack was the first case of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave in nearly a month. In early July, Gaza militants fired three rockets toward Israel, resulting in no casualties.

Israel and Hamas have largely maintained an informal cease-fire agreement in recent months.

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