Rockets Fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, Explosions Heard

Frederick Owens
March 15, 2019

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area on Thursday, setting off sirens, and several explosions were heard, the Israeli military and witnesses said.

TV footage showed what looked like Israeli interceptor missiles streaking into the sky above Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital, and detonating. "No damage or injuries were reported", the officials said. But it marked the first time that Tel Aviv, some 80 kilometres north of Gaza, has been targeted by rocket fire since a 2014 war with Gaza militants.

Immediately after the IDF confirmation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would convene the security cabinet in the military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Accordging to AFP, an Israeli military spokesman told local reporters that no interceptions were made by Iron Dome aerial defence systems. The officials arrived in the Gaza Strip earlier in the day for talks with Hamas leaders on a possible truce with Israel.

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

According to IDF reports, two rockets were launched on Thursday evening from Gaza, a coastal enclave to Israel's south ruled by the Hamas terror group. They include Salafists inspired by ISIS, as well as Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also possesses a formidable rocket arsenal.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure.

Earlier, Islamic Jihad criticized Hamas for using force to disperse demonstrations protesting the bad economic conditions in the Gaza Strip.

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