Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

2 rockets fired on Israel, Gaza braces for reprisal

2 rockets fired on Israel, Gaza braces for reprisal

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.

The IDF said Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted one of the rockets and another landed in an open area - usually a reference to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday, after air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time since summer of 2014, that it had registered launches of two rockets from the Gaza Strip.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, led an urgent meeting with senior military officials after the attempted strike to discuss a response, local media reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the enclave, where its dominant Hamas group has been engaged in talks with Egypt on a long-term ceasefire with Israel. That was later denied by the Israeli military, RT's Paula Slier reported from Tel Aviv.

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.

Rocket sirens wailed in the densely populated Mediterranean city on Thursday evening, alerting residents to rush to bomb shelters.

"The Hamas organization is the main organization in the Strip", chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio, according to the Reuters news agency. Two Israeli soldiers have been killed by Palestinian fire.

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