04:26 GMT02 December 2020
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    Two rocket sirens sounded off in the southern city of Ashdod in central Israel overnight Saturday to Sunday, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

    One of the launched rockets did not trigger an alert in the area of the city of Ashdod, as there was no threat of it falling in the populated areas, while another led to alarms being activated in the city. Israeli air defence intercepted the rockets.

    ​An army spokesperson said that the details are now under investigation, according to the local media. At the same time, an explosion was heard in Central Israel, and witnesses reported interceptions by the missile defence system in the area.

    There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

    Earlier, the Israel Defence Forces were boosting their presence on the Gaza border in anticipation of a potential escalation. The Israeli military also deployed batteries of the Iron Dome missile defence system in the South over concerns that Islamic Jihad militants may launch rockets from Gaza.

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    Gaza, Israel, Ashdod, Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
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