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Rocket sirens sounded in Tel Aviv after 2 rockets fired from Gaza

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An Iron Dome Missile Defense battery set up in the southern Israeli city of Sderot fires an intercepting missile

The Israeli military said "it appears" that two rockets were launched from Gaza.

On Thursday night rocket alarms went off in the Israeli capital for the first time since 2014.

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

One of the rockets was reportedly intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system, while the other fell in an open field.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the rocket launches.

The rocket fire raised speculation in Israel that Palestinian militants opposed to any deal between Hamas and Israel were behind the launchings. The Israeli military is reporting that air-raid sirens are signalling in southern Isreal, meaning new rockets are firing to of the Gaza Strip.

"Hamas violently suppresses its own people demonstrating against Hamas' rule & failures today and NOW fires rockets at cities in Israel", he tweeted about half an hour after sirens blared in Tel Aviv when two rockets fired from Gaza headed toward central Israel. "They were fired as a meeting was underway between the leadership of the Hamas movement and the Egyptian security delegation over the understandings regarding the Gaza Strip". "It is responsible for what happens within the Strip and what emanates from it".

Israel's municipality announced that public bomb shelters in the Tel Aviv area would be opened.

Netanyahu, who doubles as Israel's defence minister, was conferring with military and security staff, his office said.

IDF Home Front Command said in a statement on Galei Tzahal Army Radio Thursday night that "for the time being, residents should maintain their daily routine as usual".

The new wave of escalation near Israel's border with Gaza began last March, when Palestinian protests, dubbed the Great March of Return, kicked off. Two Israeli soldiers have been killed by Palestinian fire.

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