Israel launches massive Gaza airstrike after Iron Dome intercepts rockets
A Palestinian man inspects damage at a training site for the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad after on January 14, 2014 after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
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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.
Palestinian security officials told Reuters that five people were wounded in the retaliatory attack
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