The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

Israel shoots down Tel Aviv-bound rocket; Hamas chief in Cairo


TEL AVIV (REUTERS) - Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Tel Aviv on Saturday, but it was intercepted in mid-air by a newly deployed Israeli anti-missile battery and caused no casualties or damage, police said.

The armed wing of the Islamist Hamas movement said in Gaza that it launched a long-range Fajr-5 rocket at the city, Israel's commercial centre.

It was the third rocket attack on Tel Aviv since Israel began an air offensive in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

The Israeli military rushed an Iron Dome interceptor battery to the Tel Aviv area hours before the attack on Saturday.