Uri Geller films terrifying moment he cowers in bathroom with wife as Hamas rockets explode near their Israel home

SPOON-bender Uri Geller has told of his "nightmare" as he and his wife cowered in a bathroom while rockets rained down near their home in Israel.

The famed TV magician, who lives in Old Jaffa, a suburb of Tel Aviv, said he and wife Hannah took cover in a downstairs bathroom as air raid sirens warned of incoming rockets.

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And in video footage shared with The Sun, which Geller took on his phone, explosions can be heard amid the blaring sirens and flashes lighting up the sky as Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted Palestinian rockets.

Tel Aviv was hit on Tuesday night just minutes after Gaza militants Hamas and Islamic Jihad vowed to respond to an Israeli air strike on a residential tower in the Strip hours earlier.

More than 130 missiles were fired at the city.

Celebrity psychic Geller, 74, said: "I saw a missile flying directly overhead my home, it’s obviously concerning, it’s a nightmare, to see this with your very own eyes.

"Before I took shelter with my wife I took a video and you can hear the sirens and see the rockets over Tel Aviv.

"We thought it would take too long to get to the air raid shelter near our home, it’s a two-minute run, so we went to the bathroom on the lower floor instead, staying away from the windows.

"We could hear explosions nearby. I prayed to God, so did my wife. I asked God to protect all of Israel.

"We sat in the bathroom and had the TV going in the bedroom so we could listen to the commentary.

"It’s like a lottery, like a Russian roulette, you never know where these rockets will fall."

The magician, who lived in Britain for 35 years before moving back home to Israel five years ago, said the violence in the country where he was born saddens him and says there are still "those who want to destroy Israel".

"I’m anti-war and I hate hearing of people, especially children, being killed and wounded on both sides, so it’s not a good situation," he said.

The international community has called for calm following days of unrest in Jerusalem.

Hamas militants have fired hundreds of rockets towards Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other areas, while Israel has responded with airstrikes.

At least 40 people have died in the worst violence in years.

These days former I’m A Celeb contestant Geller, who can bend spoons with his mind and was famously ousted as a secret Mossad agent, is opening his own museum in Tel Aviv called Uri Geller Museum.

The museum will exhibit some of the many items of art and gifts he’s received from big name celebrities over the years.

Geller famously befriended the likes of John Lennon, Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, among other big names.

"There’s stuff in there from Elvis and Lennon, from Princess Diana and every gift I have has an amazing story," he said.

"The museum will feature a Cadillac embellished with 2,000 spoons bent by me and signed by Lennon, Elvis and the Pope."

A wall of dark grey smoke rose over Gaza City this morning after Israel unleashed dozens of airstrikes in just a few minutes, targeting police and security installations, witnesses said.

Israel continued to pound Gaza with airstrikes this morning as rockets streamed out of the territory as the most deadly outbreak of violence since the 2014 war shows no sign of ending.

As the UN Security Council readied for another emergency meeting on the bloody crisis, the UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland warned that "we're escalating towards a full-scale war".

"Leaders on all sides have to take the responsibility of de-escalation," he said.

And Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Israel and the Palestinians to "step back from the brink and for both sides to show restraint".

"The UK is deeply concerned by the growing violence and civilian casualties and we want to see an urgent de-escalation of tensions," he said.

The death toll in Gaza has risen to 35 Palestinians, including 12 children and three women, according to the Health Ministry, and some 233 people have been injured.

Five Israelis from one family, including three women and a child, were killed by rockets on Tuesday, while dozens of people were wounded.

The violence erupted last Friday after weeks of tensions boiled over and Israeli cops clashed with crowds of Palestinians at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque – on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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