Sirens wail in Tel Aviv, suburbs as Israel bombarded by dozens of Gaza rockets 

Source: Sirens wail in Tel Aviv, suburbs as Israel bombarded by dozens of Gaza rockets | The Times of Israel

No reports of serious injuries or damage from barrages fired from Strip in retaliation for Israel’s killing of Islamic Jihad commander

Palestinian rockets are seen being fired from Gaza on November 12, 2019. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Palestinian rockets are seen being fired from Gaza on November 12, 2019. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Dozens of rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at central and southern Israel on Tuesday morning, triggering sirens in the city of Tel Aviv and its suburbs, following an IDF operation that killed powerful Islamic Jihad terror commander Baha abu al-Ata earlier in the day.

Rocket sirens wailed repeatedly starting at 6 a.m. in towns near the Gaza border. An hour later, alarms were triggered in the Tel Aviv suburbs of Rishon Lezion and Holon, as well as in the cities of Gedera and Ashdod, according to the Israeli military.

At approximately 8 a.m., rocket sirens sounded in Tel Aviv itself and in the nearby suburbs of Holon and Bat Yam.

The Iron Dome missile defense system was activated in response to that attack. A video from the scene showed the distinctive puff of smoke caused by the detonation of an Iron Dome Tamir interceptor missile over Tel Aviv.

It was not immediately clear if the missile successfully shot down an incoming rocket, or if the missile self-detonated after Iron Dome operators saw that the rocket was heading toward an unpopulated area.

The IDF Home Front Command ordered all schools and non-essential businesses closed in the following areas: the Gaza periphery; the Lachish region; the western Negev; the central Negev; the Shfela region; the Dan region, including Tel Aviv; and the Yarkon region.

In the Dan and Yarkon regions, the military forbade all public gatherings of more than 300 people. In the other affected regions, the IDF forbade gatherings of more than 100 people.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage directly caused by the rockets in Israel. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said medics had treated three people for light wounds caused by falls while running to bomb shelters.

A 93-year-old man in the city of Ashkelon, a 24-year-old woman in the city of Gedera and an 18-year-old woman in Ashdod all sustained light injuries while rushing to bomb shelters, MDA said.

In addition, three people were taken to the hospital after they suffered panic attacks caused by the rocket attacks, the ambulance service said.

Several other incoming rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

In this file photo taken on October 21, 2016 Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu Al-Ata attends a rally in Gaza city. (STR/AFP)

The IDF urged residents of southern and central Israel to stay close to bomb shelters.

According to the army, Abu al-Ata, the head of Islamic Jihad’s northern Gaza branch, was responsible for several instances of rocket fire on Israel in the past six months and was planning to carry out more.

 

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