Israeli Army Strikes in Gaza After Rockets Target Tel Aviv in First Since 2014 War | 3/15/2019 | Yaniv Kubovich
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The Israeli army attacked Thursday overnight targets in Gaza Strip, hours after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza, a first since Israel's 2014 campaign in Gaza.

According to the Israeli military, the Iron Dome missile defense system was activated. It is assumed that the rockets landed in open areas due to the fact that no damage or injuries were reported as of yet.

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The last time rocket alerts were activated in Tel Aviv was two years ago, in what turned out to be a false alarm. The flare-up comes three weeks before Israel holds its general election.

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The Israeli military said it was "attacking terror targets in Gaza," without providing further details. Palestinian media reported Israeli attacks near the Khan Yunis port, in southern Gaza.

Earlier, rocket sirens blared throughout Tel Aviv, with Israelis reported hearing that they heard blasts in the area.

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Military spokesman Ronen Manelis told Channel 13 News that "we did not have advance knowledge of this fire today, and in fact it surprised us."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also acts as defense minister, held an emergency security consultation in army headquarters in Tel Aviv. According to a political source, the meeting ended Thursday overnight with some "decisions made," without providing any further information.

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An Egyptian security delegation departed Gaza at Israel's request following the rocket fire. Gaza media outlets reported that Hamas had begun evacuating military posts.

A Palestinian source in Gaza told Haaretz that the rockets were fired from the northern part of the enclave, but that it was unclear which group initiated the fire. Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad and Hamas have denied any involvement with the escalation.

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Hamas said it is looking into the shooting, vowing to "take measures against those responsible."

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