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Israel strikes Gaza overnight after rocket fire, as tensions feared in Jerusalem

Israel strikes Gaza overnight after rocket fire, as tensions feared in Jerusalem

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they unfold.

Far-right MK Ben Gvir makes Temple Mount visit amid rising tensions

Escorted by police, far-right MK and Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir visits the Temple Mount to mark today’s Tisha B’Av fast that commemorates a number of disasters in Jewish tradition, including the destruction of the Second Temple.

Some Palestinians at the flashpoint site heckle Ben Gvir, yelling “Allah akbar” and “slaughter the Jew” in Arabic, according to footage from the scene.

Ben Gvir, known for making provocative visits to the site, is seen in a video shared by his spokesperson responding “Am Yisrael chai,” or “long live the Jewish people.”

The Temple Mount is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif or the Al Aqsa complex, and is a flashpoint Jerusalem site holy to both Judaism and Islam.

More than a thousand Jews have entered the Temple Mount this morning, according to Army Radio. According to the status quo, Muslims are allowed to visit and pray at the site, but non-Muslims are only allowed to visit.

Ben Gvir’s visit comes on the tense third day of Operation Breaking Dawn.

The visit comes shortly after the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group fired rockets toward Jerusalem, triggering sirens in nearby communities.

Sirens sound near central Israel community, Gaza border towns

Rocket sirens sound simultaneously in several towns close to the border with the Gaza Strip, and in a town some 35 kilometers from the area.

In the south, a barrage of mortars is launched from the coastal enclave, according to initial reports.

In Luzit, located between Kiryat Gat and the central city of Beit Shemesh, a single explosion is heard according to nearby residents.

There are no reports of injuries or damage in either attack.

Sderot municipality says at least 10 rockets fired in latest barrage on town

At least 10 rockets are launched toward the southern city of Sderot in the last rocket barrage from the Gaza Strip, local authorities say.

The Sderot municipality says one of the projectiles landed near a factory, and the rest are intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

There are no injuries in the latest attack.

Rocket sirens sound in Israeli towns close to Gaza border

Rocket sirens sound in a number of Israeli communities close to the Gaza border, including the town of Sderot.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

IDF publishes footage of what it says is failed rocket launch that killed kids in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces publishes a video showing what it says is a failed rocket launch from the Gaza Strip last night, that apparently killed several Palestinian children.

The video shows a barrage of rockets launched from the coastal enclave at Israel, and one which falls short.

Initial reports from Gaza claimed an Israeli strike in the Jabaliya refugee camp had killed seven civilians, including four children.

But the IDF says it struck a rocket launching site at a different location in Jabaliya earlier in the evening, and wasn’t carrying out operations there at the time of the blast, and that detection systems had shown the rocket launch and then explode inside the refugee camp.

IDF publishes a video showing the failed rocket launch that struck Jabaliya in northern Gaza, killing several Palestinian children.

— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) August 7, 2022

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Gaza violence

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency closed door meeting on Monday to discuss the latest escalation between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour says in a statement.

The meeting was requested by the UAE — a UNSC member — along with China, France, Ireland and Norway, UAE Foreign Ministry strategic communications director Afra Mahash al-Hameli says in a statement.

“The United Arab Emirates has emphasized the need to restore calm to the Gaza Strip, reduce escalation, and preserve civilian lives,” she says, adding that Abu Dhabi “expresses its deep concern over the current escalation and calls for exercising maximum restraint, to prevent being drawn into new levels of violence and instability.”

During the Monday meeting, Security Council members will discuss “the current developments and ways to support international efforts to achieve a comprehensive and just peace,” the senior Emirati official says.

The decision to hold a meeting comes hours after the Palestinian mission to the UN reached out to UNSC members calling on them to “assume [their] responsibilities to stop the Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip and provide international protection to the Palestinian people,” Mansour’s office says in a statement.

Rocket sirens sound near Jerusalem for 1st time since start of Gaza operation

Incoming rocket sirens are sounding in communities on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

There are initial reports of Iron Dome interceptions over the area.

Several Iron Dome interceptions in the outskirts of Jerusalem. (Pics: בט »ש וחירום)

— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) August 7, 2022

A barrage was fired at communities close to the Gaza border simultaneously.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries in either location.

The rocket fire close to Jerusalem comes amid high tensions in the capital, with police deployed in force, and particularly in the area of the Old City and the Temple Mount, to secure services of the Tisha B’Av fast day amid the flare-up in Gaza.

Hamas health officials say 32 killed, 215 wounded in Gaza violence

The death toll from the latest violence in the Gaza Strip has risen to 32, including six children, Hamas health authorities say.

Israel has denied responsibility for the deaths of four children in the Jabaliya refugee last night, saying the deadly explosion was caused by a rocket launched by Palestinian terror operatives that misfired. Gazan officials say the children were killed in an Israeli strike.

The Hamas-run health ministry says 215 people have been wounded in Gaza since the start of Operation Breaking Dawn on Friday afternoon.

The Gazan officials do not say how many of the total killed were affiliated with terror groups.

The Israel Defense Forces says a number of operatives from Palestinian Islamic Jihad are among those killed in the multiple waves of strikes which have been targeting positions and facilities belonging to the terror group in the Gaza Strip.

Terrorists have fired over 580 rockets toward Israel since Friday, the Israel Defense Forces say.

IDF publishes footage of strike that killed 2nd Islamic Jihad commander

The Israel Defense Forces publishes a video showing last night’s airstrike in the Gazan city of Rafah, which killed Khaled Mansour, the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in southern Gaza.

The IDF says Mansour was killed along with two other senior PIJ operatives: The commander of the terror group’s Rafah Brigade, Khattab Amassi, and Mansour’s deputy, Ziad Madalal.

IDF publishes a video showing the airstrike that killed Khaled Mansour, the PIJ leader of southern Gaza.

— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) August 7, 2022

IDF: 20 Palestinians affiliated with Islamic Jihad detained in overnight West Bank raids

The Israel Defense Forces says troops detained 20 Palestinians affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group during overnight raids in the West Bank.

In a statement, the IDF says the arrests were made in the city of Jenin, the Tulkarm refugee camp, and other smaller towns across the West Bank.

The IDF says troops responded with riot dispersal means after dozens of Palestinians hurled stones and explosive devices at them, at a number of locations.

IDF says it hit Islamic Jihad ‘attack tunnel’ in Gaza, has struck 140 terror targets

The Israeli Air Force struck a Palestinian Islamic Jihad “attack tunnel” in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of the morning, the Israel Defense Forces says.

The tunnel did not cross into Israeli territory, according to the IDF.

Military spokesperson Ran Kochav tells reporters that the IDF has struck some 140 PIJ targets across the Gaza Strip since the beginning of Operation Breaking Dawn.

The targets include the tunnel, dozens of observation posts and military sites, several rocket launching positions, and eight terror squads en route to committing an attack, he says.

Video of the PIJ tunnel struck by the IDF this morning

— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) August 7, 2022

Rocket sirens blare in southern Israel after 5-hour lull

After a lull of about five hours, rocket sirens blare in two southern Israel communities close to the Gaza border.

The alarms sound in Kissufim and Ein HaShlosha.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

IDF says 580 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza since Friday; Iron Dome has 97% success rate

The latest Israel Defense Forces data put the number of rockets and mortars launched toward Israel by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group since Friday at 580.

Of them, 120 fell short in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest data, which is as of 6:30 a.m.

The Iron Dome air defense system has intercepted some 200 projectiles, according to the data.

The military says the Iron Dome missile defense system has demonstrated a 97 percent success rate at intercepting projectiles fired toward populated areas.

Magen David Adom says it has taken 28 to hospital since start of Operation Breaking Dawn

The Magen David Adom emergency service says it has taken 28 people to hospital for injuries as a result of Operation Breaking Dawn, which began Friday afternoon.

Two of the injured were lightly hurt by shrapnel and 19 were wounded as they ran for shelter.

In addition, seven people were taken to hospital for treatment for anxiety.

Magen David Adom said numerous others were treated on the scene and did not require transportation to hospital.

There are no official figures for the total number of people in Israel who have required medical treatment since the start of the operation.

6 injured as explosion hits Netanya apartment; cause unclear

Six people, including a baby, are rescued from an apartment in Netanya after being trapped following an explosion that caused walls to collapse.

All six people are injured, one of them seriously, and are given medical treatment.

Rescue forces continue to search the residence for more people, and begin investigating the cause of the blast.

Hundreds of Jews wait outside Temple Mount ahead of Tisha B’Av visits

Police are reportedly preparing for many hundreds or even thousands of Jews visiting Jerusalem’s Temple Mount today, marking the fast day of Tisha B’Av which commemorates the destruction of the temples.

Hundreds are outside the holy site, waiting for the visitation hours for non-Muslims to begin.

מאות יהודים ממתינים לפתיחתו של הר הבית.

— נועם לר???? (@noam_ler) August 7, 2022

Among those planning to visit is far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir.

Palestinian media reports that Israeli police forces have been denying entry to young males, only allowing older men to pass.

Palestinian media: 7 injured in Israeli strikes near Rafah

Palestinian media reports that seven people have been injured in recent Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

The reports say the wounded people have been taken to Al-Najjar hospital following the strikes on a “residential home” east of Rafah.

Islamic Jihad confirms death of its southern Gaza chief

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization confirms the death of its southern Gaza commander, Khaled Mansour, in an Israeli airstrike last night.

Palestinian reports: Israeli strikes kill commander of PIJ’s missile unit

Palestinian media outlets report that the commander of the Al-Quds Brigades’ missile unit, Raafat al-Zamili, has been “martyred” in Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip.

The Al-Quds Brigades are the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

There is no immediate comment from Israel or confirmation from official Palestinian sources.

Israel launches fresh strikes on PIJ targets in Gaza — IDF

The Israel Defense Forces says it is launching strikes in the Gaza Strip.

In an English-language tweet, the military identifies the targets as alleged terror tunnels used by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

The IDF is currently striking Islamic Jihad terrorist organization tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 7, 2022

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