Two rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv area: army

Two rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv area: army

It was the first time there has been such an attack since the war in 2014.

The heads of Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization evacuated all of its headquarters in the enclave in anticipation of a likely military response to the attack by the Israel Defense Forces later in the evening.

"We have just started striking terror sites in Gaza", the IDF posted on Twitter minutes after the air strikes began.

As well as the strip's rulers, Hamas, other armed factions operate in the territory, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed organisation that has launched rockets in the past.

This is a breaking news story and is constantly being updated.

Meanwhile, Hamas denied responsibility for rockets fired into Israel, saying the attack took place as it held truce talks with Egyptian mediators.

A statement from Hamas's military wing said the group was "not responsible for the rockets fired tonight towards the enemy", adding that it occurred during a visit by an Egyptian security delegation to Gaza.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

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Video broadcast on Israeli TV showed two Israeli interceptor missiles streaking into the sky above Israel's commercial capital, Tel Aviv, and detonating. It said that the aircraft then returned and attacked the same site 4 more times. Palestinian media said naval bases belonging to the ruling Hamas group had been struck.

Palestinian media also reported multiple strikes on Gaza City and at a target in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.

CBS News has confirmed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also Israel's defense minister, is holding an urgent security meeting with his military chief and other senior advisers in wake of the rocket launches.

"Hamas violently suppresses its own people demonstrating against Hamas' rule & failures today and NOW fires rockets at cities in Israel".

Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, told Israeli television he believes one rocket fell into the sea. But he said there were no special instructions and encouraged residents to stick to their daily routines.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu issued a warning to Hamas, rejecting suggestions that Israel would be reluctant to take tough action in Gaza ahead of national elections next month.

"I suggest to Hamas, don't count on it", he told his Cabinet. "We'll do whatever is necessary to return the peace and quiet to the Gaza border communities, and the entire south".

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