Israel shot down a rocket that targeted Tel Aviv today.
The rocket was reportedly intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) July 8, 2014
Israeli television stations say a rocket has targeted Tel Aviv but was intercepted.
Air raid sirens went off in the city, which is Israel’s commercial capital and about 70 kilometres north of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military didn’t immediately confirm the report, but an explosion was heard shortly afterward.
Israeli TV stations say the rocket was intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defence system.
The apparent rocket attack would be the deepest strike by Palestinian militants since Israel launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip earlier Tuesday.
Earlier, the Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking more than 100 sites and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.