The IDF took to social media late Thursday night to reveal in a translated statement that Israel's Iron Dome air defense system had intercepted two of three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory.
3 rockets were just fired from #Gaza into #Israel.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 30, 2020
The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted 2 rockets mid-air.
Footage of the interception near the Gaza border was posted to social media by Israeli broadcaster KAN 11.
רקטה נפלה בשטח פתוח מחוץ לשדרות, אין נפגעים | תיעוד מהיירוטים @pozailov1 (צילום: ידיעות מהשטח) pic.twitter.com/NmpPlxCgqO— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) January 30, 2020
Another video uploaded to Twitter shows the Iron Dome intercepting a rocket from a different vantage point.
Interception video/ Sderot 🇮🇱pic.twitter.com/ndvkJz2n7R— Aleph 🕯️ א (@no_itsmyturn) January 30, 2020
According to the Jerusalem Post, the third rocket landed in an open field near Sapir College in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. The outlet also reported that a mother accidentally struck her three-week-old baby in the head as she was seeking shelter after sirens sounded in Sderot. The infant is currently receiving medical treatment.
Red Alert [30/01/2020]:— Red Alerts - Cumta (@CumtaAlertsEng) January 30, 2020
Sderot, Ibim, Nir Am, Gavim, Sapir College
Sent via @CumtaAlertsEng pic.twitter.com/LaOM4AkJi8
This comes hours after the military force confirmed that they targeted "a number of Hamas observation posts" in response to an earlier attack on an IDF observation antenna and the launch of a number of "explosive balloons" from Gaza toward Israel.
The IDF conducted several strikes against Hamas on Wednesday in response to a "rocket & explosive balloons" that were launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel - shortly after US President Donald Trump presented his "Deal of the Century" to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.