An iron dome launches rockets to intercept incoming rockets from Gaza on Tuesday..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Rockets were fired at Tel Aviv and were intercepted over the area of the city following Hamas advance warning of the attack.
The IDF confirmed that the Iron Dome Rocket Defense system intercepted three rockets over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
Rocket sirens blared in Tel Aviv and the surrounding towns of Ramat Gan, Ramat Hasharon, Bnei Berak and Givatayim.
Police said a man in Rehovot was lightly injured by shards of a rocket which fell from the sky once it was intercepted.
Sirens also blared in other the Ramle, Rehovot, Modiin, Jerusalem and other areas after 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. Following the attack, the IAF struck the home in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza which contained a launcher used in the latest attack.
The armed wing of Hamas, Izzadin Kassam,
announced that at 9 p.m. on Saturday they will launch long range, yet unused J-80 rockets at Tel Aviv. They made the statement on their website.
Earlier Saturday evening, Code Red rocket sirens blared throughout Jerusalem, Ma'ale Adumim, Hebron and other surrounding areas.
Rockets landed in Hebron and Bethlehem, the IDF Spokeperson said. Four rockets landed in total in the attack- three in Palestinian areas and one near a Jewish West Bank settlement.
The sirens on Saturday evening was the third time since Operation Protective Edge began five days ago, that they were heard in the capital.
At approximately 7 p.m. the city-wide siren could be heard, as Jerusalemites rushed to find shelter.
“We are cautioning city residents to continue to heed the sirens and take cover within 90 seconds,” Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said.
On Thursday evening at least six rockets landed near the city.
Earlier in the evening, the Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over central Israel in the Shfela area. Prior to the interceptions, rocket sirens sounded in Ashdod, Lod, Rishon Lezion and other areas in the area.
Following the rocket attack in central Israel at around 6:00 a.m., Magen David Adom EMS was treating one person in Rishon Lezion who fell down the stairs while he was running to a protected area during a rocket alert siren. MDA was treating another person in Ness Ziona who suffered shock.