Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

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

There was no immediate word of casualties in the air strikes that hit six buildings used by the dominant Islamist group's security forces, and which had been evacuated as a precaution.

The military said two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip and it would provide further details later.

Two rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area and several explosions were heard, the Israeli military and witnesses say.

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

The Hamas-controlled Gaza Interior Ministry labeled Thursday's rocket attacks targeting Tel Aviv "outside of the national consensus", with Hamas claiming it would clamp down on those responsible. There have been several smaller rounds of fighting since, reined in by Egyptian and United Nations mediations. Israel's military has responded with widespread airstrikes.

Despite not knowing who fired the rockets, Israel blamed Hamas. But another Israeli military spokesman laid the blame with Hamas on Friday.

Shortly after the strikes began the IDF issued a statement saying the "Hamas terror group carried out the rocket fire".

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Hamas denied involvement for the rocket salvo, which it said took place as its leaders met Egyptian delegates about efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire with Israel.

"The two Fajr-5 rockets were fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza, the second strongest group in the coastal enclave after Hamas".

Sirens were triggered Thursday evening in central Israel, as two rockets from Gaza were fired at the heart of the country for the first time since a major conflict in 2014, signaling a possible dramatic escalation of violence by terror groups in the Strip just weeks before the Knesset elections. He added the USA would continue to "ensure robust, bipartisan support for Israel's defence".

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Earlier this week, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, one of Netanyahu's allies, said Gantz was Hamas's preferred candidate to win the elections. It said that the aircraft then returned and attacked the same site 4 more times.

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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