Israel Intercepts Gaza Rocket Aimed at Tel Aviv

The Israeli military launch a missile from the “Iron Dome” missile defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod after rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip on Nov. 16, 2012. The military said it intercepted another rocket aimed at Tel Aviv on Saturday. (Getty Images)

TEL AVIV, Israel (TheBlaze/AP) — The Israeli military says its “Iron Dome” rocket-defense system shot down an incoming projectile bound for Tel Aviv on Saturday.

The Jerusalem Post reported two Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles were intercepted. While police said one of the rockets landed in an open area, but a military source to the newspaper both were intercepted.

Israel Intercepts Gaza Rocket Aimed at Tel Aviv

The trail of an Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome air defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is pictured from the southern Israeli-Gaza border in response to a rocket launched from the nearby Gaza Strip on Nov. 17, 2012. (Getty Images)

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 as the interception took place. Air raid sirens had sounded to warn residents to take cover.

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.