TWO ROCKETS FIRED AT TEL AVIV FROM GAZA
The Israeli military confirmed that two rockets were fired towards central Israel on Thursday evening, with at least two loud explosions heard in the Gush Dan region.
According to the IDF, although the Iron Dome missile defense system was activated, there were no interceptions as both rockets fell in open territory.
It was the first time sirens were activated in Tel Aviv since the last war with Gaza in 2014 and several Israelis were treated for shock.
As a result of the rockets, Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be holding security consultations at the Kirya IDF Military Headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss an Israeli response.
Local reports in Gaza said that Hamas had begun evacuating military posts in anticipation of retaliatory strikes by Israel.
While there were no special instructions given by the Home Front Command to residents of central Israel, the municipality of Tel Aviv has opened bomb shelters across the city.
According to initial reports, the two Fajr rockets were fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza, the second strongest group in the coastal enclave after Hamas.
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said that the military still does not know who fired the rockets and PIJ later denied reports that it was responsible, saying that it did not play a role in the launching of the rockets.