Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with regional council heads in Israel’s south on Saturday, and said Israel will continue to strike whoever plans attacks on Israeli citizens.
The meeting came as the escalation of violence that began on Friday continued on Saturday after several hours of quiet. Five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel in the early afternoon.
“We will improve the home front defenses even more,” Netanyahu said, “also by purchasing more Iron Dome systems, which proved themselves again this weekend.”
Since Friday, a total of nearly 100 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza. During the escalation, the Iron Dome system intercepted 27 of the 29 rockets it targeted. The missile defense system is designed to only intercept rockets identified as heading toward populated areas.
Also on Saturday, Palestinians said that an Israeli air strike killed two people riding on a motorcycle in Gaza’s Khan Younis, bringing the total number of militants reportedly killed to 14.
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