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Israel shoots down Tel Aviv-bound rocket

Published On: Nov 17 2012 11:48:48 AM EST
Israel shoots down rocket
TEL AVIV, Israel -

The Israeli military says its ``Iron Dome'' rocket-defense system has shot down an incoming projectile bound for Tel Aviv.

Footage from Associated Press Television News shows a plume of smoke emanating from an Iron Dome battery deployed in Tel Aviv followed by a flash of light overhead as the rocket is intercepted.

People huddled along Tel Aviv's beachfront boardwalk cheered Saturday as the interception took place.

It's the third straight day that Gaza militants have fired rockets at Tel Aviv, Israel's bustling commercial and cultural capital.

Israel says its Iron Dome system has intercepted nearly 250 rockets since a round of fighting broke out on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a health official in Gaza says Israeli strikes today have killed 10 people, including eight militants, and wounded dozens more. Israel's military says it has carried out nearly 200 airstrikes today against more than 800 targets in Gaza.

In all, 42 Palestinians and three Israeli civilians have been killed since the Israel began its military operation Wednesday with the assassination of the ruling Hamas militant group's military chief after days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza.