JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 20 rockets into southern Israel. There were no immediate casualties reported.
The military said its "Iron Dome" defense system intercepted at least three of the rockets, while the others fell in open areas. Wednesday's barrage set off air-raid sirens in border communities of southern Israel.
In Gaza, the Islamic Jihad militant group claimed responsibility. It says it fired 20 rockets to avenge the deaths of three members killed in an Israeli airstrike.
An Associated Press reporter standing on a balcony saw more than a dozen rockets being fired from the southern outskirts of Gaza City.
Rocket fire from Gaza has declined since an eight-day Israeli offensive against militants in 2012.