Israeli military has confirmed that two rockets were fired from Gaza at the Tel Aviv area, as rocket alert sirens rocked the entire Dan region.
Despite the apparent activation of the Iron Dome air defence system, the military said no rockets were shot down. It said there were no reports of casualties or damage.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure. The decision was followed by several other municipalities in central Israel.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the enclave, where its dominant Hamas group has been engaged in talks with Egypt on a long-term ceasefire with Israel. In addition, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group—initially thought to be behind the attack—denied any involvement in the rocket fire.
The Hamas armed wing said in a statement it was also “not responsible” for the firing of the rockets “towards the enemy. 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.”