Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

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It was the first time sirens had rung out in the city since the 2014 Gaza war.

Israeli military confirms two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv area, as rocket alert sirens rocked the entire Dan region in central Israel on Thursday evening. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Iron Dome air defense system intercepted one of the rockets, while the second one landed in an open area.

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Immediately after the IDF confirmation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would convene the security cabinet in the military headquarters in Tel Aviv. "There were reports of a number of Israelis who were treated for shock", reports The Jerusalem Post. He said Israel had no advance intelligence warnings of the rocket fire, which went unclaimed by any Palestinian group. "It's time to defeat Hamas, it's time to demilitarize the Gaza Strip", he said.

Tensions have been high for the past year along the Israel-Gaza frontier since Palestinians began violent protests near Israel's border fence that have often drawn a lethal response from the Israeli military. They include Salafists inspired by the Islamic State group, as well as Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also possesses a formidable rocket arsenal. The situation on the Gaza border has reportedly escalated due to continued shelling and launches of arson balloons from Gaza into the Israeli territory, and the shooting and killing of protesters, medics, journalists and children near the border by IDF soldiers.

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