Israeli authorities declared an emergency situation near the Gaza border on Tuesday, 12 November, following retaliatory attacks after the assassination of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader.
In response, the IDF carried out multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip targeting PIJ facilities and training compounds.
At around 1:30 PM IST, on 13 November, a factory in Sderot was directly struck by a rocket from Gaza. More than two dozen Israelis have been injured.
At 05:30 IST on 14 November, a ceasefire agreement was reached between Israel and the
PIJ. Since then, at least five rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel
Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense System. Rocket sirens were reportedly
heard in Erez, Yad Mordechai, and Netiv HaAsara (near the northern Gaza-Israel border).
As of 14 November, more than 450 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israeli territory
over the past 48 hours with 90% intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense system.
According to health officials in Gaza, at least 32 Palestinians have been killed and another
111 wounded since cross-border violence escalated. During the early morning hours of
Thursday, 14 November, eight people were reportedly killed in an Israeli airstrike on a
home in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, including a PIJ commander.
U.S. government employees and their family members are temporarily restricted
from personal travel to and through areas with active red alert sirens or rocket
activity, as the situation remains unpredictable. Personnel currently living or
working in these areas are advised to remain close to a protected space. U.S.
government personnel continue to be prohibited from travel to Gaza and areas in
close proximity to Gaza.
Depicted below in the map are the areas where rocket fire has been struck or intercepted
from 12-13 November.
Mitigating Measures to Consider Applying:
Monitor local media closely for updates and warnings (IDF Twitter provides situational updates)
Familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest rocket shelter
Listen for sirens and take them seriously (30-60 seconds is all the warning you will receive)
Download the app “Red Alert Israel” for your phone to warn of incoming rocket fire
Review alerts and restrictions provided by local authorities
Avoid the Gaza Strip
Use caution and remain aware of your surroundings
Check airports for flight delays or cancellations
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