In a new development, Hamas today said it fired a rocket toward the Knesset in Jerusalem as residents in Israel’s capital city were preparing for Shabbat.
Hamas also claimed to KleinOnline the group was targeting the official residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres with today’s rocket launch at Jerusalem.
Abu Abdullah, a spokesperson for Hamas’s so-called military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, told KleinOnline: “This is not the end of the surprises we can have.”
“In some circumstances, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will not be the last station of our targets,” Abdullah added.
Air sirens were heard in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas today. Security sources confirmed one rocket had landed in the Gush Dan area just soiuth of Jerusalem.
Hamas took responsibility for the rocket fired, saying it fired what the group is calling a Qassam M76, or upgraded Qassam rocket.
Earlier today, three Israeli civilians were lightly injured when a rocket hit the Eshkol Regional Council region near Gaza.
Defense sources said a missile landed in an open area and that it did not strike ground.
No injuries or damage were reported in Tel Aviv.
Yesterday, three Israelis were killed by a direct rocket hit on their family home in the Gaza border town of Kiryat Malakhi. A four year old Israeli boy and an infant were moderately wounded in separate rocket attacks.
Meanwhile, Israel today took preparations for a possible ground operation into Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces said over 16,000 reservists have been mobilized, out of the 30,000 approved by the Israeli government
The IDF told KleinOnline the Paratrooper and Givati Infantry brigades have completed what they say are final preparations for a potential ground operation. The forces are currently outside Gaza on standby awaiting orders.