Tel Aviv rocket attack sets off sirens

Tel Aviv rocket attack sets off sirens

An Israeli military spokesman cited by Reuters said the incident was under investigation.

The newspaper said the Iron Dome defense system was activated and intercepted the missiles.

Security forces confirm that two Fajr rockets were launched at Central Israel from Gaza.

This reporter, based on the northern Tel Aviv coastline, heard one large blast following the rocket siren. The two Gazan rockets landed in uninhabited areas.

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Local media reports Hamas is rapidly evacuating military posts across the Gaza Strip in anticipation of incoming Israeli airstrikes.

The Municipality of Tel-Aviv, as well as several other cities in central Israel announced they are opening all public bomb shelters in the wake of the rocket fire.

In Gaza, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, an allied group, issued statements denying any responsibility for the attack, which came just over three weeks ahead of Israel's 9 April election, according to AFP.

Tensions have been high for the past year along the Israel-Gaza frontier since Palestinians began violent protests near Israel's border fence that have often drawn a lethal response from the Israeli military.

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