2 Rockets fired by Muslim terrorist from Gaza at Tel Aviv
BREAKING: The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted at least one rocket near Tel Aviv, as code red sirens sounded in central Israeli cities for the first time since 2014.
According to initial reports, a rocket exploded in an open area causing no injuries or damage.
The IDF confirmed that two rockets were fired by Muslim terrorists from Gaza at Gush Dan. One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The remains of a rocket fell in northern Tel Aviv.
“The warning and detection systems acted as required, there was no intercept missile fired by air defense systems, no damage or casualties were reported in the incident, and there are no special instructions for the home front,” the IDF said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also acts as defense minister, is holding an emergency security meeting in the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. An Egyptian security delegation departed Gaza at Israel’s request following the rocket fire. Gaza media outlets reported that Hamas had begun evacuating terror posts.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure. The decision was followed by several other municipalities in central Israel.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group denied any involvement in the rocket fire.
The Hamas armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Israelis, said in a statement it was also “not responsible” for the firing of the rockets. They were fired as a meeting was underway between the leadership of Hamas and the Egyptian security delegation.
Thousands of Gazans took the streets today in the Jabaliya neighborhood to protest the economic situation. Another anti-Hamas rally spontaneously began in Dier Al Balah.
According to eyewitnesses and videos posted online, Hamas security forces opened fire, attacked hundreds of demonstrators, brutally beating them up and arresting several of them.
Security experts in Israel speculated that the domestic disturbances could lead the terror group to strike Israel as a diversion.