Building hit in Ashkelon; Israel responds with artillery to two rockets fired from Lebanon; 2 reported dead in IAF strike on Gaza high-rise; U.S. said to be preparing cease-fire resolution for UN Security Council.
Israelis woke up to a massive rocket barrage early Tuesday morning, after a very quet night.
Sirens sounded in much of the center and south of the country at 6:30 A.M,, including Gush Dan, the Sharon region, Ahkelon and Ashdod.
Two rockets were intercepted over Ashdod on Monday night and one exploded in open ground shortly before 9 P.M. Shortly after, two rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon, one landing in an open area close to Kiryat Shemona. Israel responded to the rockets with artillery fire into southern Lebanon.
The Israel Air Force continued its strikes on Gaza on Monday night. According to Palestinian sources, two people weere killed in a strike on a 13-storey building in Gaza City.
The bulk of the rockets and mortars fired from Gaza on Monday were aimed at Israeli communities bordering the strip. The intense fire of the past few days has led an estimated 700 families to request state assistance in leaving the homes in the border areas.
On the diplomatic front, the United States was reported to be preparing a resolution for the United Nations Security Council, aimed at achieving a lasting cease-fire in Gaza.
6:42 A.M. Building reportedly hit by rocket in Ashkelon.
6:30 A.M. Sirens sound throughout much of the center and south of the country, including Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ashdod and Ashkelon.
1:52 A.M. The U.S. has prepared its own draft outline for a UN resolution demanding a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and is now working with European powers and Jordan on a joint text, diplomats said on Monday. (Reuters)
1:41 A.M. Israeli air strikes launched before dawn on Tuesday killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza’s tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said. (Reuters)
11:27 P.M. Security sources in Lebanon told the Daily Star that the IDF fired dozens of rounds of artillery in response to the rocket. The artillery landed near Jarmaq on the Litani River. The Lebanese army has raised its alert in the area. (Jack Khoury)
11:10 P.M. More than 120 rockets and mortars have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel so far on Monday, according to the IDF. Ninety-nine targeted the Israeli communities along the Gaza border. 102 of the rockets and mortars landed in Israel, four of them in built-up areas. The Iron Dome system intercepted 16 rockets. The Israel Air Force attacked some 60 targets in Gaza on Monday. (Gili Cohen)
11:02 P.M. Three children have been lightly injured by stones thrown at an Israeli car in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz. They were taken for treatment. Border Police captured one of the masked assailants, who admitted to being involved in the incident, according to police.
There have also been clashes between police and Palestinians youths in Silwan and Shoefat, according to Palestinian sources. Operations of the light railway in Shoefat have been suspended after three incidents, including one in which a molotov cocktail was thrown. (Nir Hasson)
10:53 P.M. IDF is returning fire to Lebanon is response to two rockets that landed in Kiryat Shmona. According to the IDF, forces are firing artillery shells at the source of the launch. (Gili Cohen)
10:33 P.M. IDF confirms that a rocket fired from Lebanon landed in the upper Galilee. The possibility of other rockets having been fired is being investigated. Residents of the Upper Galilee have been told to stay close to secure zones, but have not received other instructions from the Home Front Command.(Gili Cohen)
10:14 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in northern Israel in communities near the Lebanon border. (Haaretz)
9:11 P.M. Two rockets intercepted over Ashdod, one falls in an open area nearby. (Shirly Seidler)