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Rocket sirens sounded in Tel Aviv after 2 rockets fired from Gaza

15 March, 2019, 04:54 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack

Israeli military aircraft bombed Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday, hours after two rockets were launched from the Palestinian enclave at Tel Aviv in the first such attack since a 2014 war.

That salvo caused no casualties or damage, missing built-up areas.

Israeli analysts speculated that Palestinian militants opposed to any deal between Hamas and Israel were behind the launchings. Israeli warplanes could be heard roaring through the skies above Gaza City.

Israel's Channel 10 news, citing anonymous military officials, said the rockets were Iranian-made Fajr rockets.

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. It provided no further details.

Israel's military has confirmed it was attacking so-called "terror sites" in Gaza.

Israeli airplanes were heard flying over Gaza Strip and residents braced for reprisal airstrikes after two rockets were fired into Israeli territory. "The time has come to defeat Hamas once and for all", he said on Thursday.

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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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - who also holds the defense portfolio - convened a meeting of top brass at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv following the incident to assess the situation and weigh potential responses.

In Gaza, there was no immediate claim of responsibility. So did Hamas, apparently, with a group's official telling Israeli media that Hamas is "not interested in an escalation" and does not know who fired the two rockets. It's a first since Israel's 2014 campaign in Gaza.

Israel's municipality announced that public bomb shelters in the Tel Aviv area would be opened.

A military spokesman told the TV that civilians should carry on with their usual routines unless instructed otherwise. "Be calm, but be alert". Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since Hamas sized control of Gaza in 2007. Hamas possesses a large arsenal of rockets and missiles capable of striking deep inside Israel.

In response to the October fire, Israel struck 20 targets in Gaza, killing one Palestinian, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Initial reports had indicated that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group was responsible for the rocket fire.



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