2 rockets fired on Israel, Gaza braces for reprisal

Evarado Alatorre
Марта 15, 2019

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area on Thursday, setting off sirens, and several explosions were heard, the Israeli military and witnesses said. One rocket was intercepted by the anti-missile Iron Dome system, according to media reports.

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

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

In Gaza, there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attacks came as Gaza rulers Hamas sought to contain riots by Palestinians in the coastal enclave and security experts in Israel speculated that the domestic disturbances could lead the terror group to strike Israel as a diversion.

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Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure.

The anniversary of the Gaza border protests is in two weeks, on March 30 and Palestinian groups have been preparing events and march to mark the date.

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. "It's time to defeat Hamas, it's time to demilitarize the Gaza Strip", he said.

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