Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at southern and central Israel in the predawn hours of Sunday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said.
Both rockets struck open areas along the coast — one near the city of Ashdod and the other on Palmachim Beach, south of Tel Aviv — causing no significant damage or injuries.
Soldiers operating the Iron Dome air defense system attempted to shoot down the rocket fired toward Palmachim Beach “in accordance with policy,” the military said, firing at least two interceptor missiles at the projectile, but did not shoot it down. Fragments of an interceptor missile landed in the nearby city of Bat Yam, causing minor damage.
This exchange triggered sirens in northern Ashdod and in the community of Kibbutz Palmachim just after 2 a.m. Sunday.
The rocket fired at Ashdod was heading toward an unpopulated area, and as a result, no alarms were triggered “as there was no purpose,” the military said, nor were interceptor missiles fired at it.
The rocket sirens sent thousands rushing for shelter, as residents of cities and towns south of Tel Aviv reported hearing powerful explosions.
A video posted by Kann News in Israel appears to show people on a beach filming the aftermath of the rocket that hit the beach. Note that the black smoke is from the rocket, whereas the lights in the background are from a nearby city. This video shows how close civilians were to being hit by this rocket, once again highlighting the danger these rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists.
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) November 15, 2020