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Gaza crisis: Hamas aims missile at Jerusalem for first time

posted Nov 17, 2012, 8:13 AM by Prep Experts

Hamas aimed a missile at Jerusalem for the first time on Friday night, as Israeli ministers and military chiefs convened to discuss a ground invasion of Gaza.

The home-made "M75" missile landed in open ground in the West Bank, a short distance to the south-east of the Israeli capital.

It triggered air raid sirens and panic in the city for the first time since the Gulf War in 1991, but caused no casualties. An earlier missile likewise failed to hit Tel Aviv, Israel's commerical capital, landing harmlessly in the sea.

Hamas’s decision to target Israel’s two main centres of population – especially Jerusalem, holy to the region’s major religions — marked a significant escalation in the fighting.