Rockets Fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, Explosions Heard

Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack

Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Middle East Eye that the rockets were fired on Thursday evening local time and triggered Tel Aviv's missile-attack sirens.

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards central Israel, the Israeli army said on Thursday, prompting concerns about possible Israeli retaliation against the besieged Palestinian territory.

The Israeli military says it has begun attacking sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack on Tel Aviv.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the enclave, where its dominant Hamas group has been engaged in talks with Egypt on a long-term ceasefire with Israel.

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In October 2018 a rocket fired by Palestinians in Gaza fell into the sea off Tel Aviv and another hit the southern city of Beersheba.

An Israeli military spokesperson said there had been no advance intelligence warnings of the rocket fire.

No injuries were reported from either projectile. The Iran-backed Al-Sabareen terrorist group in Gaza has yet to release an official statement following the rocket attacks.

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As the Israeli Air Force strikes their first targets in Gaza following Thursday night's rocket attack on Tel Aviv, a red alert was heard in the Eshkol Regional Council. "The time has come to defeat Hamas once and for all", he said. The Israeli warplanes could be heard roaring through the skies above Gaza City.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure. Palestinian media said naval bases belonging to the ruling Hamas group had been struck.

A senior Israeli official told Channel 13 news that Israel indeed did not believe Hamas was behind the attack, but rather another "organization attempting to sabotage efforts to achieve calm in recent days".

The Home Front Command did not give any special instructions to Israelis and said they could continue to carry on as normal.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another Gaza faction, also denied being involved in the incident, Reuters reported.

Netanyahu warned Gaza's Hamas rulers on Sunday that Israel would not hesitate to launch a "large-scale operation" in Gaza if provoked.

"I'd suggest to Hamas - don't count on it". "We will do anything necessary to restore security and quiet to the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and to the south in general".

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