Two qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip and landed in open areas, in the background of the funeral ceremony. There was no damage or injuries reported. Thousands of police officers and volunteers have been preparing for the funeral procession of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, which will head this morning from the Knesset to Sharon’s ranch.
Israeli President Shimon Peres with Sharon’s coffin Photo Credit: Government Press Office
Two qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip and landed in open areas in Israel. There was no damage or injuries reported. It appears that the rocket fire comes in the background of the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Due to the fear of permitting rocket fire from Gaza, the estimated layout of the Iron Dome changed in recent days to allow better coverage of the area by the system. In addition, warning sirens were placed in the area where the funeral will be, in case of a red alarm. “We are preparing for all scenarios, including the public trying to implement provocations and fire from Gaza,” Major General Yoram Halevy, Southern District Police Commander, stated.
About 4,000 police officers will secure today Sharon’s funeral procession, which will go from the Knesset in Jerusalem and will finish next to Sharon’s ranch in the Negev. The security establishment has made special preparations due to the participation of high ranking officials from around the world and because of the relative proximity to Gaza, within rocket range.
This morning, the plane of US Vice President Joe Biden landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and his convoy made its way to Jerusalem to attend the memorial ceremony held for Sharon in the Knesset. The Israeli Airport Authority stated that so far 20 world leaders arrived in order to attend the funeral ceremony.