Despite our report earlier that the IAF and Shabak were taking extra precautions to prevent any rocket attacks during Sharon’s funeral, the IAF and Shabak failed at their mission.
Two rockets were launched from Gaza towards the end of the funeral at around 4 pm. The rockets hit in an open area outside of Sederot, which is halfway between Gaza and the Sycamore Ranch where Sharon’s funeral was being held.
The Red Alert did not go off because the Iron Dome system determined that the mortars were going to hit in an open area.
But participants at the funeral didn’t need to hear the Red Alert to know that projectiles were launched in their direction from Gaza, they all heard the explosions when the mortars struck ground.
Senior government officials and foreign dignitaries had already left when the rockets hit.
No one was injured in the attack.
At 4:45 PM a third Hamas rocket blew up in its launcher as it was being launched.