1 rocket lands in Israel, another intercepted

Islamic Jihad in Gaza fires two rockets at Tel Aviv area

Sirens sounded and explosions could be heard in an Israeli city on Thursday evening, according to a report. At least two missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip toward the Tel Aviv area, Reuters reported, citing local media.

Earlier on Thursday, Hamas security forces in Gaza violently dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting against dire living conditions.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told public television one of the Gaza rockets "apparently fell into the sea, the other hit somewhere but not in Tel Aviv".

"This was basically a surprise", military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio. Israeli media said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convening senior military and security officers to evaluate the situation. The officials arrived in the Gaza Strip earlier in the day for talks with Hamas leaders on a possible truce 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". They include Salafists inspired by ISIS, as well as Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also possesses a formidable rocket arsenal. Israel holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all fire out of the territory.

In addition to Hamas, Gaza is home to other militant groups. The situation on the Gaza border has reportedly escalated due to continued shelling and launches of arson balloons from Gaza into the Israeli territory, and the shooting and killing of protesters, medics, journalists and children near the border by IDF soldiers.

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