Rocket sirens were triggered in Tel Aviv, and residents reported hearing two explosions, as rockets targeted Israel’s second largest city, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.
The IDF later confirmed that two projectiles had been launched from Gaza, the enclave to Israel’s south that is controlled politically and militarily by the terror group, Hamas.
Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a “security consultation” at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv in “the near future.”
Medics have been treating Tel Aviv residents for shock in the aftermath of the rocket strikes.
Hamas is reportedly evacuating personnel from their posts in anticipation of an Israeli response to the rocket attack.
According to reports, one rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome system, and the other landed in an open area. No injuries or significant damage were reported.
It is the first time that the sirens have been activated in Tel Aviv since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the two Fajr-5 rockets were fired toward Tel Aviv by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second largest terror group in Gaza after Hamas. The Fajr-5 is an Iranian-built rocket that both PIJ and Hamas have used.
Later this month, Hamas will mark the first anniversary of its so-called Great March of Return.
Last month, the IDF issued a report that found that the violent riots on Gaza’s border with Israel were orchestrated by Hamas to cover for other military activity. According to the report, since last March, “over 1,300 rockets and mortars have been launched towards Israel, resulting in death and injury, property damage, psychological injury and economic harm.” The army report also found that the majority of the rockets were fired on Fridays and Saturdays, “immediately after mass violent riots.”
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