Hamas Escalates - Air Raid Sirens Over Jerusalem
Markets have come to their senses a little and are selling off as news breaks of a plethora of concerning headlines from Israel:
- *AIR RAID SIRENS HEARD OVER JERUSALEM
- *HAMAS CLAIMS FIRED ROCKET TOWARD JERUSALEM AREA, CHANNEL 2 SAYS
- *HAMAS CLAIMS IT HIT ISRAELI JET OVER GAZA STRIP
- *HAMAS SAYS FIRED AT ISRAELI PARLIAMENT IN JERUSALEM
- *FLASH: EXPLOSION HEARD IN JERUSALEM AREA: LOCAL MEDIA
Not good at all...
Via Sky News,
Air raid sirens are being sounded in Israel's capital Jerusalem, hours after a Palestinian rocket was fired at the country's largest city Tel Aviv.
Channel 10 reports that three rockets landed outside Jerusalem.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said: "We believe it landed off the shores of Tel Aviv". No injuries were reported.
Sirens wailed across Israel's commercial and cultural capital on Friday afternoon shortly before a loud explosion was heard.
The Twitter account of al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said: "Al Qassam Brigades shelling Tel Aviv-Tel El Rabee with M75 homemade projectile."
A witness told AFP that the rocket landed some "some 200 metres (yards)" from the beachfront US embassy.
The attack sparked panic among beachgoers, although several people tried to swim out to the point where the rocket landed, the witness said.
It was the second day in a row that a rocket from Gaza had reached the Tel Aviv area in what Israeli networks said was the first time rockets had been fired at the city since the 1991 Gulf War, when it was hit by Iraqi Scud missiles.
On Thursday, another rocket fell in the sea and the other landed in a Tel Aviv suburb, causing no damage or casualties. Israel responded with airstrikes.
The latest rocket came as the Israeli air force continued a major bombing campaign across Gaza Strip.
Senior Israeli cabinet minister Moshe Yaalon warned that Israel was considering a ground operation in order to stamp out rocket fire.