Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi / Flash 90
A woman and child in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon take cover as a Red Alert rocket siren sounds a warning of an imminent rocket attack from Gaza. May 19, 2021.

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists fired a single rocket Wednesday afternoon at Jewish communities along the Gaza border. The Iron Dome aerial defense intercepted the rocket, described by Israeli media as an Iranian-made 107mm Fajr-1 missile.


The Red Alert incoming rocket siren activated just before 5:30 pm on Wednesday, giving residents barely 15 seconds to reach their bomb shelters and other safe spaces. The alert was triggered in the Sha’ar HaNegev Jewish communities of Nir Am, Ivim and Sderot.

One Israeli woman in her 50s was transported to a hospital after she slipped and fell while running to a bomb shelter, according to Magen David Adom.

The Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist (PIJ) organization claimed responsibility for the attack, which was given a green light by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, which also receives support from Iran.

PIJ said the attack was launched in response to terrorist prisoners being placed in solitary confinement after they were seen celebrating several deadly terrorist attacks in Jerusalem that left seven people dead and at least five others wounded.

The terrorist organization wrote on paper wrapped around rockets seen in a video released at the same time that “[harming] female prisoners is a red line.”

The statement was a response to a protest by female Palestinian Authority prisoners who set fire to their rooms and managed to publish a recording asking why the “resistance” is leaving them alone in the battle against punitive measures.

“It is forbidden to be complacent,” Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council head Tamir Aidan said in response to the attack.

“I expect the [Netanyahu] government to live up to its promises and order a powerful response immediately.

“Silence will be answered with silence — but the silence has now been broken. This is the time to tell our enemies,’We will not tolerate trickery’.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.