Rockets Intercepted Over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel Amasses Troops at Gaza Strip

PHOTO: An Israeli tank moves into position on the Israel-Gaza Border, July 8, 2014.

PHOTO: An Israeli tank moves into position on the Israel-Gaza Border, July 8, 2014.

(SOURCE)  Bomb shelters in Jerusalem have been opened after a rocket launched from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was intercepted Tuesday evening, authorities said.

That rocket launch came after militants fired two rockets at Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial capital. Both projectiles were intercepted by the “Iron Dome” rocket defense system, authorities said.

The second interception was shown on live TV, as a winding plume of smoke followed the interceptor into the black skies.

All told, the West Bank militants fired about 160 rockets at Israel, while Israel said it attacked more than 150 sites across Gaza.

Palestinian medics reported at least 25 dead, including six killed in an airstrike that flattened an apartment building in southern Gaza and set off widespread panic.

The Israeli military said one rocket exploded in the northern Israeli city of Hadera, about 60 miles away from Gaza, in the farthest a rocket from Gaza has reached so far, but they added that there were no reported injuries.

In response, Israel built up forces along the border, the government authorized the army to activate up to 40,000 reservists. The army said that about 1,000 soldiers were immediately activated, in addition to an earlier group of 1,500 reservists called into action.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have engaged in numerous rounds of fighting over the years. But until recently, they had been observing a truce that ended the previous hostilities in 2012.

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