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Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:27AM
A rocket is launched from Gaza strip towards Israel, on November 14, 2012.

A rocket is launched from Gaza strip towards Israel, on November 14, 2012.

More than 130 Palestinian rockets have been fired towards Israel over the past 24 hours, revealing the inefficiency of Israel’s Iron Dome missile system which has intercepted merely 27 of them. According to a report by Israeli media, at least 100 rockets have landed in Israel since Wednesday when Tel Aviv escalated its airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip. The report by Haaretz listed the regions hit by Palestinian rockets, saying that at least 22 rockets fired from Gaza landed in Eshkol area in southern Israel and 10 others hit the neighboring area of Ofakim. Of the rockets targeting these two areas, only two were intercepted. Four rockets also landed in Sha’ar Hanegev and five others hit the neighboring area of Sderot. In the southern city of Ashkelon, seven rockets landed and three others were intercepted. The Iron Dome has been established with the financial support of the United States. In May, the US House of Representatives appropriated 947 million dollars to the Iron Dome, nicknamed “David's Sling,” and a long-range Arrow missile program in Israel. Palestinian resistance fighters began firing rockets into Israel after the regime launched a new series of airstrikes on the besieged territory. Over the past 24 hours, at least 13 Palestinians, including senior Hamas commander Ahmed al-Ja’abari, have been killed in the Israeli airstrikes. Two children and a woman are also among the victims. Meanwhile, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday that Tel Aviv was planning to expand the offensive in Gaza and that the regime was considering a “ground incursion” into the coastal enclave. SAB/MA
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