Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

2 rockets fired on Israel, Gaza braces for reprisal

2 rockets fired on Israel, Gaza braces for reprisal

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. Video broadcast on Israeli TV showed two Israeli interceptor missiles streaking into the sky above Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital, and detonating. One was reported to have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system while another one is said to have fallen in open territory.

Israel's Channel 10 news, citing anonymous military officials, said the rockets were Iranian-made Fajr rockets.

Immediately after the IDF confirmation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would convene the security cabinet in the military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

"This was basically a surprise", military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio.

In Gaza, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, an allied group, issued statements denying any responsibility for the attack, which came just over three weeks ahead of Israel's 9 April election, according to AFP. "It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it".

"Hamas has been shooting rockets at the southern part of Israel for roughly a year now and now they shot two rockets at the Tel Aviv area".

A statement by the Hamas armed wing said it was "not responsible for the firing of the rockets tonight towards the enemy".

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. Two Israeli soldiers have been killed by Palestinian fire.

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