Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

Israeli news media reported on rocket sirens blasting across Tel Aviv as well as the satellite cities of Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bat Yam, Holon, Azor and Rishon Letzion.

TV footage showed what looked like Israeli interceptor missiles streaking into the sky above Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital, and detonating.

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.

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

"The Hamas organization is the main organization in the Strip", chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio, according to the Reuters news agency. But it rattled Israeli nerves ahead of an April 9 election in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term on the strength of his national security and diplomatic credentials.

Palestinians inspect the damage of destroyed building belongs to Hamas ministry of prisoners hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City early Friday Friday
Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

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

In Gaza, there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Local media reports Hamas is rapidly evacuating military posts across the Gaza Strip in anticipation of incoming Israeli 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". Israel holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all fire out of the territory.

The anniversary of the Gaza border protests is in two weeks, on March 30 and Palestinian groups have been preparing events and march to mark the date.

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