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Israel intercepts rockets targeting Ben Gurion airport

English.news.cn   2014-07-11 19:27:09

JERUSALEM, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Three rockets were intercepted Friday over Tel Aviv, as Hamas militants said they fired long- ranged M75 rockets at Ben Gurion airport just outside Tel Aviv.

All air traffic was halted as sirens sounded off in the area, a spokesperson with the Ben Gurion Airport authority told Xinhua. The flights were resumed as normal "after nine minutes," the spokesperson added.

The rockets were fired at around 10:45 a.m. (01:45 GMT) . According to an army statement, all three rockets were intercepted over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area by Iron Dome, Israel's anti- missile defense system.

Hamas militants issued a statement following the firing, saying "for the first time, we targeted four M75 rockets at Ben Gurion airport," Israel's Ynet news website reported.

Witnesses said explosions were heard. Shrapnel were found on the streets of Tel Aviv. Some shrapnels hit a synagogue that was closed at that time.

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge on Tuesday, nearly 550 rockets have been fired towards Israel, according to the army spokesperson's unit. Israel's Iron Dome anti-missiles defense system intercepted most of the rockets, however a few rockets managed to evade this shield.

On Friday morning, one such rocket hit a gas station in the southern city of Ashdod, causing a large fire and severely wounding one man, Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross, said in a statement.

At noon, sirens wailed across cities in central Israel, as rockets were fired towards Tel Aviv, Hertzelia and the Sharon area in central Israel. No injuries were reported.

In Gaza, Israeli air raids killed on Friday six Palestinians, including a seven-year-old child, bringing the total death toll to at least 95, Palestinian media said. Dozens of them were civilians.

Over the course of the past 24 hours, the Israeli military has targeted about 210 sites in the Gaza Strip, the army spokesperson' s unit said. Since the beginning of the operation, the army targeted about 1,090 sites, doing so from both air and sea.


Editor: yanting
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