Published: Пт, Марта 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Islamic Jihad in Gaza fires two rockets at Tel Aviv area

Islamic Jihad in Gaza fires two rockets at Tel Aviv area

That was later denied by the Israeli military, RT's Paula Slier reported from Tel Aviv.

The newspaper said the Iron Dome defense system was activated and intercepted the missiles.

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

As tensions have risen in Gaza over Israel's lethal response to weekly protests at the frontier during the past year, militants in the enclave have fired hundreds of projectiles into surrounding areas, although not as far north as Tel Aviv.

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

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

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

"The Hamas organization is the main organization in the Strip", chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio, according to the Reuters news agency.

Tel Aviv Municipality has opened all public bomb shelters, effective immediately. The Hamas administration vowed to "take measures" against those behind the salvo, which it described as violating the "factional and national consensus" governing Gaza. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group is thought to be behind the attack, said sources in the Gaza Strip.

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