In light of recent regeneration of rocket fire on southern Israeli communities, security officials decided last week to deploy four Iron Dome air defense system batteries in Ashdod, Netivot, Ashkelon and Beersheba.

On Thursday night, rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding communities warning of a possible projectile attack.

Although the projectile failed to reach Israeli territory landing instead in the Gaza Strip, a Salafi group affiliated with Islamic State took responsibility for the failed attempt. […]