Tel Aviv is beginning to get just a slight taste of the hell that the residents of the south have been suffering for 8 years: another missile fell in Tel Aviv – and this time I heard it. As I said in a previous post, this is starting to bring back memories of Gulf War I when we were under a 6-week attack by Scuds from Iraq.
13:31 Air raid sirens sound across the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Residents are advised to take cover.
This is the second time since the 1991 Gulf War that air raid sirens have gone off in the center of the country, the first time being last night.
There’s an explosion outside Tel Aviv after the rocket lands in an open area. No injuries or damage are reported.
Some more good diplomatic news:
13:29 Hamas is responsible for the outbreak of violence with Israel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, and she has called on Cairo to convince Hamas to end hostilities, AFP reports.
“The federal chancellor calls on the Egyptian government to use its influence on Hamas to push it towards a moderation of the violence,” Merkel’s deputy spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters.
“There is no justification for firing rockets on Israel which are causing massive suffering to the Israeli population,” Streiter added.
Merkel has joined several other Western countries, including the US, in condemning the Palestinian group.
May the rest of the day and Shabbat go safely and quietly. I’m heading out to the Shomron after all – both to take shelter and to help my daughter (+5 kids) since her husband (a chaplain and officer in the IDF) has to be on duty over Shabbat.
I’ll be a babysitting refugee! Or a fugitive babysitter. Take your pick. :-)