May 15, 2021 12:26 UTC
  • Red alert Sirens blare in occupied territories as Hamas rocket lands in Ramat Gan

Rocket sirens blare throughout Tel Aviv and central occupied territories as Hamas says it fired dozens of rockets at Israel in response to the martyring of a Palestinian family of 10, including eight children.

Israeli media reported that a rocket has exploded in central Ramat Gan, with footage from Ramat Gan showing a car burning and damage to nearby buildings.

Sirens were heard in Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion, Holon, Bat Yam, Ashdod, Yavne, Rehovot, Givatayim, Petha Tikva, Kiryat Ono and more.

Hamas’ military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said it launched dozens of rockets at the occupying regime in response to a pre-dawn airstrike by Israeli warplanes against al-Shati refugee camp, which martyred eight children and two women from the Abu Hatab family and injured 15 others.

Israeli regime reportedly warned occupants of a building in Gaza, including media outlets such as Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, along with Arab and local press, to evacuate. The regime said the building will be bombed within an hour.

Al Jazeera aired a phone call between the building’s owner and an Israeli intelligence officer, asking to be given more time to evacuate equipment from the offices, but the Israeli officer declined the request.

Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said that they fired a rocket-propelled grenade at Tel Aviv in response to the threat.

Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh said earlier that the Israeli regime’s massacre of Palestinians in al-Shati refugee camp shows the regime’s “desperation” and “defeat” in the face of Palestinian resistance.

“The massacre demonstrates the extent of impasse that the occupiers are experiencing against the grandeur of resistance,” he said. “We hold the cruel occupying [regime] fully responsible for targeting civilians and we stress that resistance will continue to defend the proud people of Palestine and that it will emerge victorious.”

The death toll from the Israeli regime’s relentless aerial bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip, which continued for its sixth consecutive day, has so far martyred at least 139 Palestinians, including 39 children and 22 women while leaving 950 others wounded.