JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least one rocket fired from Gaza struck Jerusalem as Code Red warning sirens sounded in the city and throughout Israel’s center and south.
The sirens were heard in Netanya, Kfar Saba, Raanana and areas around Tel Aviv including Rishon Lezion, Bat Yam, Holon and Bnei Brak at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday, as well as in communities across the south. They also were heard in northern Israel in Binyamina.
A rocket was intercepted over Tel Aviv by the Iron Dome missile-defense system during the barrage.
The Israeli military confirmed that one rocket hit Jerusalem but did not say where. There were conflcting reports, including that a home was damaged in the attack. No injuries were reported.
United Hatzolah posted a photo on Twitter showing a rocket that landed in Givat Ze’ev, located north of Jerusalem in the West Bank.
Before the countrywide barrage of rockets, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, “Israel will not tolerate the firing of rockets on our cities and towns. No other country lives under such a threat, and no country would accept such a threat.
Netanyahu said he has ordered a “significant expansion” of the IDF operation against Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza. He called on citizens to obey the instructions of the Home Front Command and urged Israelis to be patient, saying that the operation “can take some time.”
The White House on Tuesday evening condemned the rocket attacks against Israel.
“We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire inside of Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks.”