Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

Reuters journalists heard explosions, but it was unclear whether they were caused by the rockets or the interceptor missiles fired by Israel's Iron Dome system. It said there were no reports of casualties or damage.

Thursday's incident is the first time since the 2014 war that rockets from Gaza have come anywhere near Tel Aviv. Israeli media said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convening senior military and security officers to evaluate the situation.

The rocket fire raised speculation in Israel that Palestinian militants opposed to any deal between Hamas and Israel were behind the launchings. "It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it".

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In Gaza, there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The territory is home to other militant groups, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also has a formidable rocket arsenal. 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, traffic was flowing normally on Tel Aviv's main highway.

Earlier on Thursday, Hamas security forces in Gaza violently dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting against dire living conditions.

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Israel's municipality announced that public bomb shelters in the Tel Aviv area would be opened.

"I suggest to Hamas, don't count on it", he told his Cabinet.

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