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JERUSALEM Authentic Jordan Eberle Jersey , Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Qassam rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Thursday evening, Israeli Police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed to Xinhua.
This is the second missile launched from the Hamas-ruled enclave unto southern Israel in the past 24 hours as another missile hit in an open territory in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
An alert system was set off following the launch and the sound of explosion was heard. There were no reports of casualties or damages and police believes the missile also landed in an open area and is scanning the perimeters of the local council.
Earlier on Thursday, the Israeli military continued to boost up its preparedness for an escalation in the fighting with Palestinian militants in the strip and boosted the air-defense systems known as Iron Dome anti-missile batteries, to protect communities from future missile attacks.
According to the Walla! news website the batteries were deployed overnight in southern Israel, in the cities of Ashdod, Be 'er Sheva and Ashkelon, following another battery stationed earlier on Wednesday near Sderot.
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said while visiting a military drill in the West Bank that the Israeli military is preparing for possible escalation in hostilities with Palestinian Militants.
His statements came a day after a Defense Ministry employer was killed by a Gaza sniper while fixing the border fence which was damaged from a recent storm.
"We practice, and at the same time our eyes are watching the different sectors and the Gaza Strip after the incident which occurred on Tuesday and ended in a disaster," Ya'alon said, the Walla news website reported.
"We're preparing for a possibility of an escalation; there is a deployment of Iron Dome batteries, including another one in Sderot, " he added.
"We expect Hamas to impose its authority on its people. If it doesn't do so we will react as we did yesterday, in a strong manner," Ya'alon said, referring to the retaliatory Israeli Air Force raids in the strip on Tuesday following the deadly shooting, which resulted in the death of a 3 year-old girl and her father and several other injuries.
At least one Palestinian man was killed in the weekend while Palestinians who approached the fence were shot by Israeli soldiers. Other Palestinians hurled stones at a military post near the Gaza border.
A rocket was fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, hitting an open territory without injuries or damages reported.
There has been a relative calm between Israel and the Hamas-led Gaza Strip since its 8 days of fighting in November 2012, known as Operation Pillar of Defense.
According to Israeli security forces, the recent attacks may be caused by frustration due to the dire financial situation in the strip and the despair and conducted by small militant factions.
The Apple logo is lit on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in Sydney September 19, 2014. REUTERS
Apple Inc broke its silence on complaints about bending iPhones, hours after withdrawing a glitch-ridden software update as the company struggles to restore momentum to the rollout of its latest phones.
"With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in an email.
Apple shares closed down nearly 4 percent at $97.87 on Thursday, wiping out nearly $23 billion (14.1 billion pounds) in market value.
The new phones face criticism over their bendability, dubbed "bendgate." Social media and online forums have been abuzz with comments about how the new phones can bend when placed in back pockets or while wearing skinny jeans.
Apple said its iPhones feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high-stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry.
The only way an iPhone may have bent is if someone put it in their back pocket and sat on the phone for a very long time, said Laban Roomes, chief executive officer of Goldgenie, which customises and gold plates iPhones.
Apple was also forced to withdraw a faulty update to its latest operating system after some users of its new phones complained of call service disruptions.
Apple released a new software update late on Thursday to fix the problems, which it said affected fewer than 40,000 devices.
"I do believe this speaks to execution issues at Apple," said JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. "At the end of the day I believe this too shall pass, but we are noting with concern that the miscues pile up."
Apple said on Monday it had shipped 10 million units of iPhone 6 ac
Users of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also complained about the inability to use the fingerprint-reading Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1.
Some users had complained of "sluggish Wi-Fi and dwindling battery life" after moving to iOS 8, Time magazine reported earlier this week. (http:ti.me1pqlCPt)
On Thursday, Apple issued a step-by-step guide for users to reinstall iOS 8, launched last week, through the latest version of iTunes. The health app will not work for now and will be fixed in the next software update, the company said.
Customers might, however, hope for replacements for their bent iPhones, depending on whether their devices passed an inspection, tech news website the Next Web reported, quoting an Apple support executive. (http:tnw.co1rlv7mW)
"It's not game over for Apple, but nor should we give them a pass on this," Gauna said.
Cases of bent iPhones 5 and 5s had been reported in 2013 by Cult of Mac, a website that exclusively covers Apple. (http:bit.ly1sjZbOT)
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