BREAKING NOW: Rockets Fired Towards Tel Aviv, Missiles Intercepted by Israeli Defenses

BREAKING NOW: Rockets Fired Towards Tel Aviv, Missiles Intercepted by Israeli Defenses

BREAKING NOW: Rockets Fired Towards Tel Aviv, Missiles Intercepted by Israeli Defenses

The Israeli military has concluded that the militant Hamas group of Gaza fired two rockets toward the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv.

There were no immediate reports of physical injuries or property damage.

Israeli airplanes were heard flying over Gaza Strip and residents braced for reprisal airstrikes after two rockets were fired into Israeli territory.

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

The military said two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip and it would provide further details later.

Earlier, Hamas and many smaller Palestinian groups strongly denied responsibility.

Minutes later, the Israeli military reported air raid sirens in southern Israel.

Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, told Israeli television he believes one rocket fell into the sea.

The rocket fire raised speculation in Israel that Palestinian militants opposed to any deal between Hamas and Israel were behind the launchings. It's a first since Israel's 2014 campaign in Gaza.

The sudden outburst of fighting comes at a sensitive time for both sides.

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The missile launches come less than a month before the April 9 Knesset elections, and two months before Tel Aviv is due to host the Eurovision Song Contest, a major worldwide event that is expected to draw many thousands of tourists from all over Europe. Netanyahu is locked in a tight fight for re-election and could face heavy criticism from his opponents if he is seen as ineffective against the militants.

Naftali Bennett, a member of Israeli Prime Minister's security cabinet, said "the time had come to defeat Hamas once and for all".

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahalon said on Twitter that Israel "would respond as necessary" to the rocket attack.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire coming out of the territory. Hamas possesses a big arsenal of rockets and missiles, but it has sought to contain violence with Israel since the last war in 2014.

But with Gaza's economy in tatters, the group has been seeking to preserve calm.

The Hamas armed wing said in a statement it was "not responsible for the firing of the rockets tonight towards the enemy".

This marked the first rocket attack on Tel Aviv since the summer of 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, when the city was targeted repeatedly by Palestinian terror groups in Gaza.

In a statement early Friday, the army said it was targeting "terror sites". Late Thursday, local media said that Egyptian mediators left the territory.

'The Hamas organisation is the main organisation in the [Gaza] Strip.

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