Crowds of Muslims gather at Al Aqsa mosque to celebrate rockets reaching as far as Jerusalem.
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UPDATE: Early reports state that a rocket has hit a house in the Jerusalem area after the Color Red siren was heard in Jerusalem for the first time in years. There do not appear to be injuries. More information to follow.
Terrorists from Gaza fired a fresh salvo of around 30 rockets at Israel, and upped the ante further by striking deeper
After at least two long-range missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome over Tel Aviv, and as Gazan terrorists threaten to launch rocket attacks further into Israel, Jerusalem’s municipality has taken the dramatic step of opening its public bomb shelters.
“The Jerusalem Municipality is preparing for every possible scenario and has decided to open the public bomb shelters across the city over the next few hours,” read an earlier statement from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s office.
Although most of the more than 160 rockets fired since midnight on Monday night have targeted communities in Israel’s southern Negev region, bordering the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Color Red early warning sirens have been heard as far as Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak and even as far as Gush Etzion.
A list of shelters will be published shortly on the Jerusalem municipality website, and city officials have recommended residents to open up their own private bomb shelters as well.
“In the case of a siren or explosion, residents should go to the closest protected area within a minute and a half and close all doors and windows and stay indoors for 10 minutes,” the statement continued. “All residents are asked to continue to listen to instructions from the Home Front Command.”
Although most of the more than 130 rockets fired since midnight on Monday night have targeted communities in Israel’s southern Negev region, bordering the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Color Red early warning sirens have been heard as far as Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, Rishon Lezion, Ra’anana, Kfar Saba, Ramat Hasharon and even as far as Gush Etzion.