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Two Gaza Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv, Missile Defense Activated

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The Israeli army said at least two rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza on Thursday night, causing rocket alerts to blare throughout central Israel, Haaretz reported.

According to the Israeli military, the Iron Dome missile defense system was activated but no interceptions took place.

Israelis reported hearing sounds of blasts in the area, with some saying that they saw the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepting rockets.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also acts as defense minister, is slated to hold an emergency security consultation in army headquarters in Tel Aviv. An Egyptian security delegation departed Gaza at Israel's request following the rocket fire. Gaza media outlets reported that Hamas had begun evacuating military posts.

he Israel Police said it was not going to take special precautionary measures until it receives instructions to do so by the government. The Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion municipalities both announced that they would open the cities' public shelters. Nonetheless, public events in Tel Aviv are proceeding as planned, including a basketball game of Maccabi Tel Aviv attended by more than 10,000 people.

The last time rocket alerts were activated in Tel Aviv was two years ago, in what turned out to be a false alarm. 

The flare-up comes three weeks before Israel holds its general election.

The incident follows weeks of tensions, with the most recent exchange taking place Saturday night when a projectile was launched at Israel. In response, the Israeli army carried out several airstrikes in the Strip, targeting several Hamas posts.