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Rocket alert in Jerusalem, with residents reporting explosions

According to military reports, warning sirens were sounding around the city in the morning, while residents have reported explosions, reports dpa news agency.

Jerusalem: For the first time since the beginning of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, there was also a rocket alarm in Jerusalem on Sunday.

According to military reports, warning sirens were sounding around the city in the morning, while residents have reported explosions, reports dpa news agency.

Since Friday, more than 400 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the military.

There had been fears that the situation could escalate further on Sunday, the Jewish day of fasting and mourning, Tisha B’Av.

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