The IDF confirmed that two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Thuraday, triggering rocket sirens throughout central Israel. Israel's Army Radio reported defense officials took the decision to strike dozens of Gaza Strip terror targets in response to the rocket launchings, which marked the first time Gazan terrorists fired rockets toward Tel Aviv since the 2014 Israel-Gaza War.
Israel's Channel 10 news, citing anonymous military officials, said the rockets were Iranian-made Fajr rockets.
Despite the apparent activation of Israel's Iron Dome air defense system, the military said no rockets were shot down.
Notably, the Hamas said earlier in a statement, quoted by Reuters, they were "not responsible for the firing of the rockets tonight towards the enemy".
The usual suspects - Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad - each denied their respective terror groups were behind the projectile attacks.
A post on social media apparently shows two rockets streaking through the night sky above Tel Aviv.
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Residents of Tel Aviv and the towns that surround it heard the sound of rocket alert sirens on Thursday evening after two missiles were launched from Gaza. "It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it".
In addition to Hamas, Gaza is home to other militant groups.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure.
Naftali Bennett, a member of Netanyahu's security cabinet who is vying with him for rightist-votes in the looming ballot, issued a statement demanding the assassination of Hamas chiefs.
Earlier on Thursday, Hamas violently broke up a rare demonstration against its rule in Gaza.
The new wave of escalation near Israel's border with Gaza began last March, when Palestinian protests, dubbed the Great March of Return, kicked off.