Jerusalem Flare-up Leads to Dozens of Gaza Rockets; 20 Reported Dead in Israeli Strikes
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Hamas said it fired rockets ‘in response to the enemy’s aggression in the holy city’ ■ Nine Palestinian children reported killed ■ Home in southern Israel takes direct hit, no casualties reported
Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, today.Credit: Khalil Hamra,APHaaretzMay. 10, 2021 5:20 PMUpdated: May. 11, 2021 4:21 AM
Palestinian media on Monday reported deaths in Israeli strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip, following rocket fire at the Jerusalem area and southern Israel, as tensions in the region boil over.
The Israeli military boosted its presence along the Gaza border, amid heightened tensions in the area and violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem.
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The military also said it was suspending a major drill by a day to focus efforts on preparing for a possible escalation, and in southern Israel, authorities called on residents of Gaza border communities to remain at home and near bomb shelters until further notice.
3:34 Rockets fired at the south
Rockets were fired at Sderot and the Gaza border communities after sirens sounded.
1:33 Rocket sirens sound in the south
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After a short lull, rocket alert sirens sounded once again in Sderot and other Gaza border communities in southern Israel. (Almog Ben-Zikri)
1:01 A.M. Hamas: Israel has until 2 A.M. to clear forces from Al-Aqsa Mosque
The spokesman of Hamas’ military wing, Abu Ubaidah, issued an ultimatum shortly after midnight that if Israel does not stop its “seige” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Hamas will respond within two hours. (Jack Khoury)
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12:12 A.M. IDF names Gaza operation
The Israeli military announced that the latest operation in Gaza is called “Guardian of the Walls.” (Yaniv Kubovich)
12:04 A.M. Rocket hits home in southern Israel
A home in the Gaza border community of Nir Am sustained a direct hit by a rocket fired from the Strip. No casualties are reported, but the home and property were damaged in the strike. (Almog Ben Zikri) – Advertisment –
11:50 P.M. Kerem Shalom crossing closed
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Gen. Ghassan Alian, announced after a security assessment that the Kerem Shalom border crossing, through which goods are transferred to the Gaza Strip from Israel, be immediately closed until further notice.
11:22 P.M. Army says 150 Gaza rockets fired at Israel
Some 150 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip throughout the day, the Israeli military said in a statement.
Air defense systems intercepted dozens of them, the military added. (Yaniv Kubovich)
11:06 P.M. Five Tel Aviv-area suburbs call off school Tuesday
Five major Tel-Aviv suburbs have called off all school classes on Tuesday amid the recent escalation and fear of rocket fire. In a joint statement, the five mayors said: “we are not compromising when it comes to the safety of our inhabitants, children and teaching staff.”- Advertisment –
The towns, which are south of Tel Aviv itself, are Rishon Letzion, Bat Yam, Holon, Nes Tziona and Rehovot. )Bar Peleg)
10:52 P.M. Israeli army strikes Hamas tunnel, killing militants
Israeli army jets attacked a Hamas tunnel Monday evening, the Israeli army said in a statement.
The tunnel, according to the army, was to be used to help militants carry out attacks in Israel. Several Hamas militants were killed in the attack, the army added. (Yaniv Kubovich)
10:38 P.M. Gaza rocket causes damage to property in south Israel
A rocket that landed in the Israeli town of Sderot on the Gaza border, caused minor damage to a nearby building. No casualties were reported. (Almog Ben Zikri)
10:32 P.M. Blinken says rocket attacks on Israel must stop ‘immediately’
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that the rocket attacks from Gaza against Israel should stop “immediately,” and he urged all sides to take steps to de-escalate the situation.
“I am deeply concerned about the rocket attacks,” Blinken said in brief remarks ahead of his meeting with Jordanian Foreigminister Ayman Safadi at the State Department. Safadi also said the focus was to ensure the escalation stopped. (Reuters)–