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Rockets Fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, Explosions Heard

Rockets Fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, Explosions Heard”

Iron Dome air defense system intercepted one of the rockets, while the second one landed in an open area. "No damage or injuries were reported", the officials said.

It was the first time sirens had rung out in the city since the 2014 Gaza war. Israeli media said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convening senior military and security officers to evaluate the situation. Israel's military has responded with widespread airstrikes.

"The two Fajr-5 rockets were fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza, the second strongest group in the coastal enclave after Hamas. It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it".

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

Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border. The Hamas administration vowed to "take measures" against those behind the salvo, which it described as violating the "factional and national consensus" governing Gaza.

About 40 minutes after the alarm went up, traffic was flowing normally on Tel Aviv's main Ayalon highway.

"Hamas has been shooting rockets at the southern part of Israel for roughly a year now and now they shot two rockets at the Tel Aviv area".

Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the fence separating Gaza from Israel have been mounting since last March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return.



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