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Gaza militants fire four rockets at Jerusalem

  • Smoke trails are seen as a rocket is launched towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip July 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Gaza militants fired four rockets at occupied Jerusalem Thursday, with two shot down over the city and another two hitting open spaces, the Israeli army said.

Witnesses and Palestinian security sources told AFP that one rocket struck near the occupied West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim, while a second hit close to an Israeli military prison near Ramallah.

"Four rockets were fired at Jerusalem, of which two landed in open areas and two were intercepted," an army spokesman told AFP, without giving further details.

It was the second time in two days that air raid sirens had sounded across the Holy City as Israel and Hamas militants were locked in a fresh round of bitter fighting in and around the Gaza Strip.

Three loud blasts could be heard around the city shortly after sirens wailed, sending people scrambling for shelter, AFP correspondents said.

Sirens also sounded across Maaleh Adumim, and an explosion was heard in Ramallah, witnesses and a correspondent said.

Witnesses told AFP one struck an open area in Mishor Adumim, an Israeli industrial area adjacent to Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem.

Further north, Palestinian security sources said a rocket had struck open ground near Ofer, an Israeli military prison that lies to the west of Ramallah.

 
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