7 rockets fired at Jerusalem as Hamas ultimatum expires

Knesset, Old City evacuated as Hamas makes good on threats. Red alert sirens also heard in south.

Gary Willig ,

Flag Dance interrupted by Hamas rocket fire
Flag Dance interrupted by Hamas rocket fire
Arutz Sheva

Seven rockets were fired at Jerusalem shortly after 6 PM Monday evening, right as the ultimatum issued by the Hamas terrorist organization expired. One of the rockets was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

A rocket struck a house in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion, causing damage but no injuries.

Hamas had demanded that to pull all troops from the Shimon Hatzadik (Sheikh Jarrah) neighborhood and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by 6 PM tonight. Hamas also called on Israel to free all Arabs detained for rioting in Jerusalem by that time.

The organizers of the Jerusalem Day Flag Dance called off the event shortly after it began following the Hamas threat and Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to ban the march from passing through the Damascus Gate.

Alarms were also heard in Beit Shemesh and dozens of other cities and towns in central Israel.

Residents of Jerusalem reported hearing explosions. Police have begun to evacuate people from the Old City of Jerusalem in response to the rocket fire. The Knesset has also been evacuated.

Hamas released a statement claiming that the rocket fire was in "response to the enemy's aggression in the holy city."

Shortly afterwards, Red Alert sirens were also heard in Gaza periphery communities, including Sderot and other communities in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.

The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization claimed that it fired 30 rockets at southern Israel. More Red Alert sirens were heard in the south following the organization's announcement.

An Israeli civilian was lightly injured when an anti-tank missile was fired at his car from Gaza.



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