Operation Shield and Arrow: Iron Dome failure led to Rehovot death says IDF

The missile system was deployed but missed the rocket that hit an apartment building


This image shows a flat in a building in the central Israeli city of Rehovot on May 12, 2023, heavily damaged after it was hit the previous day by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, killing one person. Israel and Gaza militants traded heavy fire on May 11, the third day of the worst escalation of violence in months, which has killed 29 people in the blockaded Palestinian enclave and one in Israel. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

A technical malfunction by Israel's Iron Dome system led to the death of an Israeli man killed by a rocket in Rehovot yesterday, according to the IDF.

The missile system, which did fire as expected, missed the projectile fired from Gaza, allowing it to hit the apartment building in central Israel.

A man was killed after he was trapped under the rubble in the building yesterday afternoon.

Several other residents were injured in the attack, one of over 850 rockets to be fired from Gaza by Palestinian Islamic Jihad this week.

According to the Jerusalem Post, two other homes were hit in the southern Israeli city of Sderot yesterday, although no injuries were reported.

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