Two Israelis were injured when a Palestinian rocket struck a home in Beersheba. One of the injured, an 80-year-old woman, sustained injuries in the attack.
She was rushed to Soroka Medical Center.
An hour earlier, the Iron Dome battery intercepted two rockets over Tel Aviv and at least two rockets over Herzliya on Friday evening just seconds after sirens were heard across the region.
Earlier in the day, the anti-missile system intercepted dozens of Palestinian rockets fired at suburban Tel Aviv, the Shfela region, Beersheba, and the western Negev, which was the hardest hit.
The government announced that additional Iron Dome batteries will be rolled out in the coming days and deployed across Israel.
Since midnight Thursday, Palestinians in Gaza have fired at least 90 rockets toward Israel. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, 22 of those rockets were successfully intercepted.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke with the heads of the Rafael defense corporation and Israel Aircraft Industries, which manufactures air defense batteries, and thanked them for the extraordinary performance of the anti-rocket system.
“Your efforts, and those of your people in this operation is very impressive, and inspirational,” Ya’alon added. “In recent days, you and your people are working with dedication, day and night, to instantly set up more Iron Dome batteries, which will go into operation during [the current] Operation Protective Edge, and will defend the Israeli people,” he said.
Ya’alon spoke to Yitzhak Gat (Chairman) and Didi Ya’ari (CEO) of Rafael, and Rafi Maor (Chairman) and Yosi Weiss (CEO) of IAI.
“I’d like to thank you and express my big appreciation for Iron Dome’s activities,” Ya’alon said. “This, most importantly, saves lives, and provides us with wide-ranging opportunities when managing the campaign against Hamas. It also sends a message to states and organizations around us, which are building up enormous quantities of missiles and rockets,” Ya’alon said.
“The impressive performance of Iron Dome has strategic significance for the State of Israel and the security of its people,” Ya’alon said, asking the executives to pass on the thanks of the Israeli people to the engineers, developers, and creators of Iron Dome.
A large effort to produce more interceptor missiles is also under way, Ya’alon added.
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