What it sounds like in Tel Aviv with first air raid siren since 1991

November 15, 2012

Air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv, Israel's second-largest city, for the first time tonight since Iraqi missiles flew toward the city over 20 years ago, according to the Times of London and other outlets. The above video, reportedly taken around noon U.S. east coast time and 7 p.m. local time, was posted to Facebook by Israeli photographer Ron Shoshani.

Though rocket and mortar attacks are practically routine in southern Israel, which endured 451 incidents between January and October this year, life in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv is typically a bit more normal.

Reports conflict as to whether a Tel Aviv-bound rocket, claimed by Gaza-based Islamic Jihad, landed in empty land in a nearby suburb or crashed into the sea. Either way it seems to have spooked the city's 400,000-plus residents. Israel-based defense reporter Barbara Opall-Rome joked on Twitter about she called the "Tel Aviv paradox," in which "sirens sound first attack since 1991 Gulf war as diners monitor iPhones from [a] kosher sushi bar near City Hall."

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