We were walking to synagogue in our Jerusalem community a few minutes before 8 this morning when several distinct and powerful explosions were heard some way off in the distance. We guessed that, with a 72-hour Egyptian-brokered ceasefire taking effect at 8:00, these were Gazan terror rockets being flung at anything Israeli. And perhaps, assuming they were on target for built-up areas, the sounds of Iron Dome anti-rocket missiles being shot into the sky.
What we know now is that a heavy barrage of rockets was fired from Gaza in the minutes just before 8.
|The IDF's Tweet from shortly after the start of today's ceasefire [link]|
|The Beit Sahur house struck by a Gazan rocket this morning [Image Source: Ma'an]|
One, a Hamas M-75, was evidently intercepted in flight and landed in the Gush Etzion area, just south of Jerusalem and adjoining Bethlehem. A friendly source sent us this snapshot this afternoon: