Two rockets detected in Gaza ‘test’ fire

The IDF detected two rocket launches in the Gaza Strip this morning, which security officials said were apparently a test of the rocket systems. The rockets landed inside the Gaza Strip.

The test highlighted the defense establishment’s fear of Palestinian rocket attacks during former premier Ariel Sharon’s military funeral at his 1,000-acre Sycamore Farm in the western Negev this afternoon. The funeral will be attended by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Vice President Joe Biden and a long list of Israeli and foreign leaders and dignitaries.

At least two Iron Dome batteries have been deployed around the site of the funeral to counter any rocket attack.

According to IDF Southern Command officials, Gaza factions routinely test rockets in the Strip.