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Gaza rocket fire towards Tel Aviv unlikely to lead to confrontation between Israel and Hamas before elections

15 March 2019

Two Iranian-made Fajr M-75 rockets were fired in the direction of Tel Aviv from Gaza on the night of 15 March. Although the Iron Dome missile defence system was activated and warning sirens sounded in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, no interception took place, suggesting that the rockets landed in open areas and caused no material damage.

In response, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out airstrikes on more than 100 targets in Gaza, including a claimed headquarters for planning attacks in the West Bank and an underground manufacturing site for rockets. In response to Israeli airstrikes, nine shorter-range rockets were fired from Gaza towards civilian settlements along the border, with six being intercepted.

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