BREAKING NOW: Rockets Fired Towards Tel Aviv, Missiles Intercepted by Israeli Defenses

Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack

BREAKING NOW: Rockets Fired Towards Tel Aviv, Missiles Intercepted by Israeli Defenses

The Israeli military said "it appears" that two rockets were launched from Gaza. 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.

Militants in Gaza have fired two rockets towards Tel Aviv, the first such attack since the war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.

Following the rocket fire, Hamas evacuated all its headquarters in the Gaza Strip in anticipation of a possible retaliation by Israeli military.

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The salvo caused no damage or casualties.

Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel's destruction.

The Israeli military says air raid warning sirens were triggered in Tel Aviv around 3:10 p.m. EST. But it rattled Israeli nerves ahead of an April 9 election in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term on the strength of his national security and diplomatic credentials.

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Earlier on Thursday, Hamas security forces in Gaza violently dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting against dire living conditions.

The Municipality of Tel-Aviv, as well as several other cities in central Israel announced they are opening all public bomb shelters in the wake of the rocket fire.

Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the fence separating Gaza from Israel have been mounting since last March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return. Islamic Jihad quickly denied responsibility, says Slier.

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