Sirens Sound In Jerusalem As Hamas Fires At Israeli Capital

A Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza intercepted over Jerusalem. Up to 50 rockets have been reported.

In a major escalation that could set off a full-blown war, Hamas has just fired rockets at Jerusalem from the Gaza Strip.  A 49-year old Israeli woman was wounded. The IDF is currently launching airstrikes against targets in Gaza. Sirens began sounding in the Israeli capital just after 6 p.m. local time.

“I have not heard the sirens go off here in a war-time situation since 2014,” Joel Rosenberg reported from ALL ISRAEL news.

A staff member reports that an Israeli house has been struck by a rocket. We do not want to report the exact location for security purposes.  “I see smoke on the hills near us – and the electricity here has been knocked out,” he reported.

ALL ARAB NEWS reports earlier this afternoon, Hamas called for beheading Jews. In a video from a Hamas leader, Fathi Hammad, he called on the Palestinians of Jerusalem to buy knives for five shekels and behead Jews in Jerusalem. Hammad quoted verses from the Qur’an to incite murder against Jews and was surrounded by several Hamas gunmen in the video.

Earlier this afternoon, Al-Qassam Brigades Spokesman Abu Obeida warned Israel it had until 6 p.m. to withdraw from Jerusalem or it would declare war: “The Joint Military Operation Room room gives the Israeli occupation a grace period until today, 1800 hrs, to withdraw his soldiers from Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.”

The sirens warning of incoming rockets sounded around Israel exactly at 6 p.m.

The Knesset was evacuated as the warning sirens sounded.

Seven rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. Dozens of rockets already fired at Ashdod and Israeli communities surrounding Gaza.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jeff Thompson

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