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WorldIsrael says it hit sites in Gaza after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv

04:40  15 march  2019
04:40  15 march  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Rockets fired at Tel Aviv, triggering air raid sirens

Rockets fired at Tel Aviv, triggering air raid sirens At least two rockets were fired at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv Thursday night, triggering air raid warning sirens, the Israeli military said. Sources told Fox News that at least one of the rockets likely was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. People living in the area reported hearing an explosion in addition to the sirens. There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage. Tel Aviv has not been attacked by rocket or missile fire since a 2014 war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. This is a developing story, check back for more updates.

While rocket launches from Gaza are not unusual, it was the first time in more than four years that they have targeted the major city of Tel Aviv . Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day conflict in the summer of 2014. The escalation on Thursday followed a day of unrest in Gaza , where Hamas, the militant group

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Israel says it hit sites in Gaza after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv© Pool New/Reuters Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, March 10, 2019. Gali Tibbon/Pool via REUTERS/ JERUSALEM —The Israeli military said Thursday evening that two rockets were fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv, prompting sirens to sound throughout the city and putting pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who faces reelection in less than a month — to mount a strong response.

Residents reported hearing explosions, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The military said neither rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome military defense system, though warning systems had operated as required.

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One rocket probably fell into the sea, Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai, told Israeli television. He said he had instructed the city to open all bomb shelters, but life appeared to be returning to normal shortly after the incident.

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Netanyahu called an emergency meeting with top security officials.

In the early hours of Friday morning the Israeli military said it was targeting “terror sites” in the Gaza Strip.

While rocket launches from Gaza are not unusual, it was the first time in more than four years that they have targeted the major city of Tel Aviv. Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day conflict in the summer of 2014.

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The Israeli military confirmed that two rockets were fired towards central Israel on Thursday evening, with at least two loud explosions heard There were reports of a number of Israeli who were treated for shock. It was the first time sirens were activated in Tel Aviv since the last war with Gaza in 2014.

During this time, only several dozen rockets were fired at Israel , a marked decrease from the On 20 October, an accidental explosion occurred at a Hamas Qassam rocket training site in the densely On June 19, three Grad rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, hitting the Israeli town of Ashkelon.

The escalation on Thursday followed a day of unrest in Gaza, where Hamas, the militant group that controls the Palestinian enclave, had forcibly put down demonstrations against living conditions. Some analysts speculated that Hamas might have been trying to cause a distraction.

Others pointed the finger at Islamic Jihad, the second largest militant organization in Gaza, saying the group may have been trying to disrupt efforts by Egypt to broker a truce between Hamas and Israel. An Egyptian delegation had arrived in Gaza on Thursday evening.

Islamic Jihad denied that it was behind the attack. Hamas also denied responsibility, pointing out the attack took place at the same time the group’s leaders were meeting with Egyptian officials to discuss the cease-fire. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Netanyahu last year was criticized by members of his own government coalition for being soft on Hamas by agreeing to a cease-fire with that group after a spate of rocket attacks from Gaza toward communities in southern Israel. His political opponents have also criticized Netanyahu’s decision to allow Qatar to deliver $15 million a month into Gaza to pay salaries of Hamas civil servants.

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At least two rockets were fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv and both reached their target after beating Israel 's air defenses. Several people told local media that they could hear two loud blasts in in the Gush Dan (the greater Tel Aviv area), while some also claimed to have seen Iron Dome missiles

Palestinian sources said several rockets fired by Israeli warplanes targeted sites south of Gaza City It was unclear who fired the projectiles but the Israeli army says it holds Hamas accountable for what The rocket fire comes after months of demonstrations in Gaza by the Israeli separation fence.

Yaakov Amidror, a retired major general and former national security adviser, said he believed Netanyahu was “experienced and sober enough” that electoral pressure would not be a factor in determining his response. “There is no real argument in the Jewish community about the need to react,” he said on a conference call with journalists.

Israel normally holds Hamas responsible for any violence emanating from Gaza, regardless of which group perpetrated the attack.

President Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, reacted on Twitter, saying, “Hamas violently suppresses its own people demonstrating against Hamas’ rule & failures today and NOW fires rockets at cities in Israel. OUTRAGEOUS!”

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Hazem Balousha in Gaza City contributed to this report.

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