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January 17, 2014 10:49 am

IDF on Alert After More Gaza Rocket Fire

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An Israeli woman stands outside a damaged house hit by a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip that hit a house near the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90. Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired another rocket into southern Israel on Thursday night, after five rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system over Ashkelon on Thursday morning. The rocket on Thursday night exploded in open territory, causing no injuries or damage, Israel Hayom reported.

Israeli defense officials believe the Islamic Jihad terrorist group was responsible for Thursday’s rocket salvo. But defense officials said both Islamic Jihad and Hamas were not interested in an escalation with Israel at this time and that Thursday’s rocket fire was prompted by internal affairs within Gaza.

Military officials said the Israel Defense Forces was prepared for any scenario and that the IDF had raised its level of alert due to the rocket fire.

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