Israel’s transportation authority says it is closing the country’s main international airport following a barrage of rockets in the Tel Aviv metropolis area.
He said there would be no outbound flights to allow the defense of the country’s skies.
Sending a big hug to all the Israelis running to the bomb shelters right now.
We are with you and we will continue to protect all of our citizens.
📽️ Tel Aviv under Hamas rocket fire pic.twitter.com/5rcDInfltJ
– Israel ישראל (@Israel) May 11, 2021
Earlier, a standoff between Israel and Hamas sparked by weeks of tensions in disputed Jerusalem escalated on Tuesday as Israel unleashed new airstrikes in Gaza as militants bombarded Israel with hundreds of rockets. The exchange killed several militants and civilians in Gaza and at least two Israelis.
The barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip and airstrikes on the territory continued almost non-stop throughout the day in what appeared to be some of the most intense fighting between Israel and Hamas since their 2014 war. The fire was so relentless. that Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system appeared to be overwhelmed Columns of smoke billowed from many locations in Gaza
Late on Tuesday, the violence spread to Tel Aviv, which was hit by a barrage of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. The volleys set off air raid sirens throughout the city.