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Iron Dome protects Israel against rocket

August 21, 2011

Another Grad rocket fired at Be’er Sheva last night was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

Also last night, three people − a man, a young girl and a female infant − sustained minor injuries after four Grad rockets landed in Ofakim.

Early on Saturday one person received minor injuries as the result of a rocket that landed in an open area near Be’er Sheva. Seven more sought treatment later for shock and minor wounds.

The Popular Resistance Committees and Hamas claimed responsibility for the Be’er Sheva and Ofakim rocket attacks, respectively.

Three people were injured, one seriously and two moderately, when several Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip Saturday morning hit the southern city of Ashdod.

On Friday morning two Grad rockets fired in close succession hit Ashdod. One landed in a synagogue, causing damage but no injuries. The second, however, exploded inside a Gur Hasidic yeshiva. One person was seriously injured in the explosion, one sustained moderate injuries and four were treated for mild injuries.

“There were around 180 pupils who were praying shahrit,” said Avraham Mordechai Zand, who was in the yeshiva when the rocket hit, referring to the morning prayer service. “When we heard the first siren we took cover and then we heard an explosion. When we went outside I heard another explosion, and the rocket exploded about five meters from where I was standing. There was white fog, I couldn’t see anything and then two people who were bleeding came in. We started treating them until the rescue services came. The administration told the children to go home, and we asked them to pray gomel,” referring to the blessing recited when one is saved from injury or death.

Nine Palestinians were killed, two of them civilians, in Israel Air Force strikes on the Gaza Strip since Thursday. The nine were militants in Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, some of them senior officials.

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