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BREAKING NOW: Rockets Fired Towards Tel Aviv, Missiles Intercepted by Israeli Defenses

Smoke and flame are seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza Smoke and flame are seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza
Kenny Thornton | 15 March, 2019, 01:42

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.

In Gaza, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, an allied group, issued statements denying any responsibility for the attack, which came just over three weeks ahead of Israel's 9 April election, according to AFP.

The newspaper said the Iron Dome defense system was activated and intercepted the missiles.

As well as the strip's rulers, Hamas, other armed factions operate in the territory, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed organisation that has launched rockets in the past.

This is a developing story...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency security meeting in the Kirya military headquarters following the event.

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"This was basically a surprise", military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio.

It was the first time sirens had rung out in the city since the 2014 Gaza war.

Hamas has cleared out its positions in Gaza, in expectation of the attack.

Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel's destruction.

Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border. The situation on the Gaza border has reportedly escalated due to continued shelling and launches of arson balloons from Gaza into the Israeli territory, and the shooting and killing of protesters, medics, journalists and children near the border by IDF soldiers.

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