The Hamas terrorist organization launched a massive rocket attack on Ashkelon and much of southern Israel at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday after warning residents of the city of Ashkelon to evacuate at that time. The download took about 10 minutes.
In a statement on the Hamas Telegram channel, the terrorist organization wrote: “In response to the enemy’s crime of displacing our people and forcing them to flee their homes in various areas of the Gaza Strip, we give residents of the Gaza Strip busy city of Ashkelon time to leave before five in the afternoon.”
In addition, red alert sirens were activated for the first time in northern Israel and northern Samaria.
Hamas has been issuing threats in an attempt to force Israel to stop its retaliation for the massacre of more than 900 Israelis on Saturday. This massacre prompted Israel to declare war for the first time in 50 years. In a video message, Hamas threatened to execute its hostages if the retaliatory attacks did not stop.