Islamic Jihad in Gaza fires two rockets at Tel Aviv area

Smoke and flames are seen during an Israeli air attack on Gaza on Friday

Smoke and flames are seen during an Israeli air attack on Gaza on Friday

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area on Thursday, setting off sirens, and several explosions were heard, the Israeli military and witnesses said. Videos posted online by locals showed empty streets and captured the blare of "code red" sirens, used to warn of imminent attacks.

Iron Dome air defense system intercepted one of the rockets, while the second one landed in an open area. It said there were no reports of casualties or damage.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told public television one of the Gaza rockets "apparently fell into the sea, the other hit somewhere but not in Tel Aviv".

Earlier on Thursday, Hamas security forces in Gaza violently dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting against dire living conditions.

"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.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency security meeting in the Kirya military headquarters following the event.

Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, two smaller Gaza armed factions, also denied responsibility.

Sources in the Gaza Strip said that Hamas ordered all its men to abandon their bases and offices in anticipation of an Israeli retaliatory attack. Israel holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all fire out of the territory.

Around 200 Palestinians have been killed in the demonstrations and about 60 other Palestinians have died in other incidents, including exchanges of fire across the border.

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