Rockets fired at Tel Aviv stopped by Israel's Iron Dome

Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack

Local media reports documented explosions in various sections of the Gaza Strip.

As of press time, it was not clear who fired the rockets. The IDF said it was investigating the cause of the latest incoming rocket alerts. But it rattled Israeli nerves ahead of an April 9 election in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term on the strength of his national security and diplomatic credentials.

The rocket fire on Tel Aviv, the first since 2014, mark a significant escalation that raised the likelihood of a harsh Israeli reprisal.

About 40 minutes after the alarm, traffic was flowing normally on Tel Aviv's main highway.

Hamas, the Islamist terror group that rules Gaza, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad denied involvement.

A statement by the Hamas armed wing said it was "not responsible" for the firing of the rockets tonight toward the enemy.

In addition to Hamas, Gaza is home to other militant groups. The IDF said that they had registered "two launches from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory..."

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Israeli security officials told Breitbart News the Israeli defense establishment was taken by surprise by the rocket attacks.

The heads of Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization evacuated all of its headquarters in the enclave in anticipation of a likely military response to the attack by the Israel Defense Forces later in the evening.

"Two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory". "No interceptions were made by aerial defense systems. No damage or injuries were reported", the officials said. Five people were treated for shock by paramedics.

The IDF began striking targets in Gaza on Thursday night in retaliation to two rockets fired at Tel Aviv earlier, the IDF spokesperson said. This reporter, based on the northern Tel Aviv coastline, heard one large blast following the rocket siren.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai ordered all public shelters opened in the wake of the attack, as did the mayors of other cities in central Israel. Follow him on Facebook.

Aaron Klein is Breitbart's Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter.

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