There were no immediate reports of any damage caused by rockets in Israel, nor casualties. Israel Defence Forces tweeted simply: “Air raid sirens sounding across southern Israel.” They put two alarm emojis between the words of the alert from this evening. The tweet triggered a huge number of replies, with many condemning the missile launch.
One commenter said: “Stay as safe as possible people , praying for you all.”
Another added: “Stay safe Israel.”
The attack came after US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which was strongly condemned by Turkey who called it a a grave violation of international law, the foreign ministry confirmed.
Ankara’s ministry statement said: “This unfortunate decision demonstrates that the US Administration continues its approach to be part of the problem, rather than part of the solution in the Middle East.”
President Donald Trump signed a decree on Monday at the start of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recognising Israeli sovereignty over territory that Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
Turkey called on the international community to comply with the fundamental principles of the United Nations (UN).
Referring to this, Turkey added in their statement: “This decision is completely null and void for Turkey.”
News of the attack came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to cut short his Washington visit following the Gaza rocket attack in Israel, which he has vowed to respond “forcefully” to.
Mr Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday for a planned four-day visit ahead of an April 9 Israeli election, but has now said he would fly home immediately after meeting President Donald Trump at the White House.
Mr Netanyahu said: “A few minutes ago I finished a briefing and consultation with the chief of staff, the head of the Shin Bet and the national security adviser.
“This was a criminal attack on Israel and we will respond forcefully.”
According to an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, the rocket was fired from Gaza, which is an area controlled by the militant Hamas group.