Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

According to reports, the fire came in response to Israeli airstrikes which were launched following an earlier attack on Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told public television one of the Gaza rockets "apparently fell into the sea, the other hit somewhere but not in Tel Aviv".

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".

A statement by the Hamas armed wing said it was "not responsible" for the firing of the rockets tonight toward the enemy.

Tensions have been high for the past year along the Israel-Gaza frontier since Palestinians began violent protests near Israel's border fence that have often drawn a lethal response from the Israeli military.

It was the first time sirens had sounded in the city since the 2014 Gaza war between the territory's dominant Hamas Islamists and Israel.

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

IDF Home Front Command said in a statement on Galei Tzahal Army Radio Thursday night that "for the time being, residents should maintain their daily routine as usual. The alert and warning systems operated as required", the IDF said.

An Iron Dome Missile Defense battery set up in the southern Israeli city of Sderot fires an intercepting missile.

No injuries were reported from either projectile. Five people were treated for shock by paramedics. Video broadcast on Israeli TV showed two Israeli interceptor missiles streaking into the sky above Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital, and detonating.

Prime Minister / Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency security meeting at the IDF Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv Thursday night following a rocket attack fired at central Israel from Gaza. Follow him on Facebook.

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