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Israeli air defense system intercepts rocket from Gaza Strip

December 12, 2017, 2:01 updated at: December 12, 2017, 3:16 UTC+3 TEL AVIV

This is the second rocket firing from the Gaza Strip in a day

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TEL AVIV, December 12. /TASS/. The Israeli air defense system Iron Dome intercepted a rocket from the Gaza Strip late Monday, according to a press release from the Israel Defense Forces.

According to the press release, air defense siren went off in the regional council of Hof Ashkelon area near the Gaza Strip in southern Israel. Iron Dome air defense system intercepted the missile, and no one was hurt.

This is the second rocket firing from the Gaza Strip in a day. Earlier on Monday, radicals from the Palestinian seaside enclave released at least one missile at Israel that exploded in unoccupied terrain without causing damage. The rocket launches in the direction of Israel from the Gaza Strip were resumed after a three-month break after US President Donald Trump ordered to transfer the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on December 6 and recognized the city as the capital of the Jewish state. There were no casualties, two people sought medical help in a state of shock. The Israel Defense Forces using tanks and aircraft hit over a dozen military posts and Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in recent days, resulting in the death of two and wounding about 30 Palestinians.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the key problems in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Israelis occupied the eastern part of the city during the 1967 war. They insist that Jerusalem is the single and indivisible capital of Israel. The Palestinians want to make the eastern part of the city the capital of their state.

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