The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted a projectile that was fired from Gaza at southern Israel.
There were no reports of physical injuries or damages.
The code red alarm was heard all across the communities around Gaza, with alerts triggered in Sha’ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev, Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol Regional Councils, as well as in the city of Sderot in Southern Israel.
The area’s residents reported hearing a massive explosion. “My house’s windows shook,” said one resident.
First code red alarm was heard at 6:11 pm with alerts triggered in Sha’ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev, Hof Ashkelon, Eshkol Regional Councils and Sderot. The second alarm, triggered at 7:07 pm, sounded in the Sdot Negev and Bnei Shimon Regional Councils.
A third red code sounded in the city of Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council. A vehicle was damaged after a rocket launched from Gaza hit on a main street in Sderot, sending one Israeli resident into shock.
This range suggests that one of the more powerful terror groups in Gaza is staging these attacks.
The rocket’s launch came on the heels of a day of Muslim violence with thousands of terrorists rioting in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and near Gaza, in protest of President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Hamas and the Islamic Jihad may feel that President Trump’s declaration is an opportunity for them to regain a leadership position over Fatah. The protests today in many Muslim countries has bolstered their confidence of popular support in a possible escalation with Israel.
Hamas terror group leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a new statement: Hamas calls for popular protests to continue until Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is overturned.