LIVE UPDATES: Rocket intercepted over greater Tel Aviv area

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20 lightly hurt in rocket strike on Ashkelon building; 2 reported dead in IAF strike on Gaza high-rise; U.S. said to be preparing cease-fire resolution for UN Security Council.

Israelis awoke 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 the Tel Aviv area, the Sharon region, Ashkelon 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.

10:19 A.M. 14 projectiles fired at Israel since midnight, according to the IDF. 12 landed in Israel, one rocket was intercepted, and one landed in Gaza. (Gili Cohen)

10:00 A.M. Mortar shell lands in community in Eshkol Regional Council, three others land in open areas. No reports of damage. (Shirley Seidler)

9:46 A.M. Rocket siren sounds in an Eshkol Regional Council community near Gaza border. (Haaretz)

9:40 A.M. Rocket siren sounds in community in Eshkol Regional Council, near Gaza border. (Haaretz)

8:46 A.M. Two mortar shells land in Eshkol Regional Council, one of which lands near a community. No injuries. (Shirly Seidler)

8:34 A.M. Projectile falls in open area in Eshkol Regional Council. (Shirly Seidler)

8:32 A.M. Twenty people sustain minor injuries from broken glass in Ashkelon following earlier rocket fire. (Shirly Seidler)

8:24 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)

8:19 A.M. Rocket sirens sounds in a community near the Gaza border. (Haaretz)

7:40 A.M. Six people lightly wounded by glass shrapnel in Ashkelon following rocket fire. (Shirly Seidler)

7:36 A.M. The IDF attacked more than 15 targets in Gaza overnight, including buildings used as central command centers and weapons manufacturing sites.

The IDF additionally attacked enclosures located in two schools in central and north Gaza, where mortar shells were fired toward Israel. According to the army, the mortar shell that killed Daniel Tragerman and rockets fired at Ashdod were launched from one of the schools, located in the Zeitoun neighborhood, and surrounding areas.

Prior to the attack, the army sent warnings to those taking shelter at the school, telling them to leave the area. (Gili Cohen)

7:33 A.M. Four mortar shells explode in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council. (Shirly Seidler)

6:42 A.M. No injuries reported from the rocket strike on a building in Ashkelon. One rocket intercepted over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Two rockets explode in open areas over the Ashdod area, no damage caused. (Shirly Seidler)

6:30 A.M. Sirens sound throughout much of the center and south of the country, including Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

4:28 A.M. Israeli air craft bomb and partially destroy the Basha tower in the Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza city. The 12-storey building comprised offices, most of them belonging to media outlets. There were no apartments in that building. (Jack Khoury)

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 wounded 20, destroying much of one of Gaza’s tallest apartment and office buildings, Palestinian health officials said.

Approximately 70 families lived in the 13-story building in the Little Italy compound which also served as a commercial center. Prior to the attack, Israeli forces fired two “knock-on-roof” warning mortars, followed by four missiles which directly struck the building. The building was mostly empty at the time of the attack, after residents evacuated. Five medics were among the wounded. (Jack Khoury)

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)

 

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