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Rocket fired at Beersheba, and across southern and central Israel

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An Iron Dome air defense system intercepts a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, amid fighting between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. August 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Illustrative: An Iron Dome air defense system intercepts a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, amid fighting between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. August 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Rocket sirens are sounding across southern and central Israel, including Rishon Lezion.

For the first time in this round of fighting, sirens are sounding in Beersheba.

Several interceptions by the Iron Dome air defense system are seen in the south. Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich says two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Channel 12 updates that one was intercepted and the second fell on open ground.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for the major rocket barrage on southern and central Israel.

PIJ says it comes in response to the death of Khaled Mansour, the terror group’s leader in southern Gaza, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike last night.

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