Iron Dome said to intercept Gaza rocket amid reports of IDF activity nearby

No immediate reports of injuries, damage as residents of the area say they heard heard explosions, saw signs the air defense system was used

Judah Ari Gross 10/11/2018

Rocket sirens blared in Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, amid reports of Israeli military activity near the border of the coastal enclave.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage caused by a rocket or mortar shell strike.

Residents of the town of Netivot, some 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Gaza, reported hearing explosions and seeing the types of trails left behind by the Iron Dome air defense system.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was investigating what triggered the alarm system.

Earlier in the morning, the Israeli military shut down a number of roads adjacent to the Gaza Strip for “security activities,” but it would not elaborate on the nature of its operation.

The sirens sounded at 10:07 a.m. in the Sha’ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev regions of southern Israel, northeast of Gaza.

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