Israel launches massive Gaza airstrike after Iron Dome intercepts rockets
Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system on Thursday intercepted rockets being fired at the city of Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip, which caused the Israeli military to respond and retaliate with a series of air strikes targeting the Hamas-controlled territory.
No group has yet come forward to claim responsibility for firing the rockets, which were shot down by the Iron Dome's small radar-guided missiles over Ashkelon, a coastal city inhabited by some 125,000 people 12km north of Gaza, according to Reuters.
Previously, Israel has said it holds Palestinian political group Hamas - which has ruled the besieged Gaza Strip since 2007 - responsible for all cross-border rocket fire. Israel has since imposed a blockade on Gaza, sparking what international human rights groups have called a "humanitarian crisis".
At least one missile hit a training facility for Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist movement, Hamas.
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