Islamic Jihad in Gaza fires two rockets at Tel Aviv area

Clay Curtis
March 15, 2019

Residents of Tel Aviv and the towns that surround it heard the sound of rocket alert sirens on Thursday evening after two missiles were launched from Gaza.

Two sirens blared as loud explosions boomed in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Despite the apparent activation of Israel's Iron Dome air defense system, the military said no rockets were shot down. It said one of the rockets landed in an uninhabited area, and that there were no reports of injuries. 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 officials arrived in the Gaza Strip earlier in the day for talks with Hamas leaders on a possible truce with Israel. "It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it".

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As tensions have risen in Gaza over Israel's lethal response to weekly protests at the frontier during the past year, militants in the enclave have fired hundreds of projectiles into surrounding areas, although not as far north as Tel Aviv.

Sources in the Gaza Strip said that Hamas ordered all its men to abandon their bases and offices in anticipation of an Israeli retaliatory attack. The territory is home to other militant groups, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also has a formidable rocket arsenal.

Hamas has cleared out its positions in Gaza, in expectation of the attack. Two Israeli soldiers have been killed by Palestinian fire.

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