Rocket Attack on Jerusalem
40 rockets fired at Israel by 7:30 pm, seven toward Jerusalem; No injuries reported, but house near Jerusalem badly damaged
Photo: The launch of one of the rockets from the Gaza Strip in the direction of Jerusalem
At 6 p.m. local time, air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem, as well as in nearby towns and communities and the city of Beit Shemesh. Seven rockets were reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip in the direction of Jerusalem. According to the Israeli army, one of was intercepted by the Iron Dome.
Hamas had previously issued an ultimatum to Israel. All security forces were to withdraw from the Temple Mount by 6 p.m., otherwise the terror group would launch an assault on Israel.
Authorities notified towns and communities in the immediate vicinity of Gaza to expect an attack and opened bomb shelters. The rocket attack on Jerusalem, however, came as a surprise.
Just as Israelis were celebrating Jerusalem Day with the traditional Flag March, the sirens wailed, and the Western Wall Plaza was evacuated.
One of the rockets landed in a suburb of Jerusalem, reported Channel 12. A family house there was shown with extensive damage.
After the rocket attack on Jerusalem, there were further attacks on communities near the Gaza Strip. By press time there were no reports of injuries or damage.
The Israeli army began retaliatory strikes in Gaza shortly after, and said to expect several hours, if not days of heavy conflict.