Rockets fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza cause sirens, explosions: report
Two rockets were fired into central Israel on Thursday evening, causing air raid sirens to blare and the boom of explosions to reverberate though Tel Aviv, according to reports.
The air defense system Iron Dome was activated and people rushed to shelters, but the missiles fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza apparently landed in open fields, Haaretz reported.
No injuries were reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the defense minister, was expected to hold an emergency meeting with top military leaders.
The attack marked the first time since 2014 that rockets were fired at Tel Aviv from the Gaza Strip.
“Two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory. The alert and warning systems operated as required,” the army told The Times of Israel. “No interceptions were made by aerial defense systems. No damage or injuries were reported. There are no special instructions for the civilian home front.”
The newspaper quoted a Hamas official as saying that the terror group “has no interest in an escalation” with Israel and “has no idea” who fired the rockets.