Hamas launches missiles at Jerusalem – Jewish Business News
Hamas launches missiles at Jerusalem
Hamas doesn’t care that it may have hit Arab neighborhoods.
At 6 p.m. local time, sirens sounded in Jerusalem to warn of a missile attack. It was the deadline set by the terrorist organization Hamas earlier today for Israel to withdraw all of its military and police from the Temple Mount. Hamas threatened to launch an all-out war if its demands were not met. For some reason, he launched missiles at Jerusalem.
Seven missiles were launched at Jerusalem out of Gaza and one was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the IDF reported.
Hamas didn’t seem to care that the missiles might have hit Arab neighborhoods in the city or even the Temple Mount itself.
Sirens also sounded in the area around the Gaza Strip, which saw even more missiles launched against purely civilian targets. So far, no one has been hurt, but reports continue to come in.
The ultimatum came at 5 p.m. Israel Daylight Saving Time. It came after weeks of tension involving multiple attacks by young Muslims on Jews in Jerusalem around sunset, as the daily Ramadan fast came to an end.
Seth Frantzman provides video from Damascus Gate on Twitter of when the sirens went off. The Arabs can be seen applauding, not realizing that they themselves were in danger.
Palestinian protesters near Damascus Gate applaud sirens and apparent boom in interceptions in Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/1WSAycclkM
– Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) May 10, 2021
Violence was expected today as the Israelis celebrated Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day. On this date in the Hebrew calendar, the IDF took control of the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967.
The annual Jerusalem Day Flag Parade had its route altered at the last minute to avoid clashes. The parade traditionally passes through the Damascus Gate and from there to the Western Wall Square. But this enemy road through the Muslim quarter of the old city and Damascus Gate had become the focal point of clashes between police and rioters in recent days.
Ynet News reports that clashes on the Temple Mount earlier in the day left 21 police officers and 305 Arab protesters injured.
Police have ordered all celebrations for the day to end, but reports show people continue to celebrate on the streets in defiance of the Hamas threat.