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14 Nov 2019 | 03:46 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Rocket alerts reported in southern Israel November 14 /update 9

Israel News Alert

Unconfirmed reports of rocket alerts in southern Israel November 14, hours after multiple rockets reportedly fired from Gaza Strip into southern Israel; further cross-border fire possible over the coming hours and days

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tel_Aviv). COUNTRY/REGION Kfar Maimon, Tushia, Be’eri, Nahal Oz, Alumim

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Event

Unconfirmed reports indicate rocket alerts have been issued in multiple communities in southern Israel, near the Gaza Strip, as of 17:23 (local time) on Thursday, November 14, including in Kfar Maimon, Tushia, Alumim, Be'eri, and Nahal Oz. The reports come amid a ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) which came into effect at 05:30 on Thursday.

Further cross-border fire is possible over the Israeli-Gazan border over the coming hours and days, including rockets fired by Palestinian militants toward and into Israel and retaliatory Israel Defense Forces (IDF) strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Context

Cross-border strikes significantly escalated on November 12 after the IDF targeted PIJ Al-Quds Brigade commander Bahaa Abu Al-Ata in a precision strike at his residence in the Shejaiyah area of Gaza. According to the IDF, Al-Ata was imminently planning to launch an attack against Israeli citizens and soldiers. Al-Ata has been accused of organizing hundreds of attacks in Israel and developing the rocket capabilities of the PIJ in the Gaza Strip.

Advice

Individuals in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. Seek immediate shelter in the event of a rocket attack.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.

 

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