Tel Aviv – Rockets Fired From Gaza At Tel Aviv, Explosions Heard

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    Tel Aviv – Two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area on Thursday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack there since the 2014 war in the Palestinian enclave.

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

    Explosions rang out, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. Despite the apparent activation of Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, the military said no rockets were shot down.

    “No rocket fell in any built-up area,” military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio, declining to provide further operational details.

    It was the first time sirens had rung out in the city since the 2014 Gaza war between the territory’s dominant Hamas Islamists and Israel. There have been several smaller rounds of fighting since, reined in by Egyptian and U.N. mediations.

    There was no claim of responsibility in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas was engaged on Thursday in talks with Egypt on a long-term ceasefire with Israel.

    “This was basically a surprise,” Manelis said, adding that Israel had no advance intelligence warnings of the rocket fire.

    “We don’t know who carried it out (but) the Hamas organization is the main organization in the Strip. It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it.”

    Hamas did not immediately respond. Islamic Jihad, a smaller yet well-armed Palestinian faction, denied firing any rockets.

    SHELTERS

    About 40 minutes after the alarm went up, traffic was flowing normally on Tel Aviv’s main Ayalon highway. Still, the municipality asked residents to open up bomb shelters as a precaution.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he was conferring with senior military and security staff.

    Any escalation in fighting could tilt Israeli public opinion ahead of an April 9 election that Netanyahu is contesting.

    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.

    The rocket fire raised speculation in Israel that Palestinian militants opposed to any deal between Hamas and Israel were behind the launchings.

    Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahalon said on Twitter that Israel “would respond as necessary” to the rocket attack.

    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.

    Around 200 Palestinians have been killed in the demonstrations and about 60 other Palestinians have died in other incidents, including exchanges of fire across the border.

    Since the protests began, one Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper along the frontier and another was killed during an undercover raid into Gaza.

    Fires caused by Palestinian incendiary devices attached to kites and balloons have set ablaze large areas of Israeli forest and farmland along the Israel-Gaza border.

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      • Yes they should but no doubt heir response will be the same as always….warning the terrorist to evacuate, and then bombing empty buildings. What’s wrong with Bibi?! Doesn’t he realize yet that how’s the time, with the most friendly US Pres, in history, to take strong action!!! To $&*( with what the UN and other anti semites say about ‘disproportionate responses!’

    1. Bombing Tel Aviv is a red line. In the six Day War, Israel warned Egypt that if Tel Aviv was shelled or bombed, Israel would destroy the Azwan Dam.

      • The difference now, is that Hamas in Gaza have no physical assets that are worth destroying; the raw materials and assets that they do have are all either built by or given to them by the Israelis or others as aid. There is nothing more that they would like to see other than Israel bomb this aid, material and other people living in Gaza, just so that they can cry to the UN that their neighbor is being mean and unfair; in order to justify another war. You are not dealing with a sovereign nation that is trying to build anything; you are dealing with an immature crying baby in the school but who is a bully in the playground.

      • Israel doesn’t know what red line means (unless referring to the Kineret) they will never flatten anything. They are afraid of the rest of the world instead of protecting there people.

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