Israel claims rocket defence hit
Israel has activated a new missile-defence system for the first time, and officials believe it successfully shot down an incoming Palestinian rocket.
Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the Iron Dome fired at a rocket launched from Gaza.
He said it appeared to have scored a direct hit, although officials are still waiting for final confirmation.
The home-developed Iron Dome system has raised hopes in Israel that the army can find a solution to halt years of Palestinian rocket fire.
Israel deployed the first Iron Dome battery just a few weeks ago as tensions with Gaza militants were rising.
Officials have warned the technology is young, and the system will not fully protect Israeli cities.