More rockets fired at Tel Aviv after Israeli attacks
9 July 2014, 14:22 -- Militants in Gaza fired more rockets at Tel Aviv on Wednesday, targeting Israel's heartland after Israeli attacks in the enclave that Palestinian officials said have killed at least 27 people. No wounded were reported in the rocket barrages, on the second day of an increased Israeli offensive in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip. Missiles from Israel's Iron Dome defence system shot into the sky to intercept the projectiles, Reuters reports.
People had to hide in bomb shelters, but businesses remained open in Israel, traffic flowed and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange seemed to be unfazed, with shares opening higher.
In the Gaza Strip, people were shaken overnight by the sound, every few minutes, of powerful explosions that sent up plumes of smoke.
At least 18 civilians, including five children, were among the 27 Palestinian dead since Israel stepped up its assault on Tuesday, and 150 people have been wounded, hospital officials said.
Air raid sirens heard in central Israel, rockets fired at Tel Aviv- military
At least two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Tel Aviv on Wednesday were shot down mid-air by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, the Israeli military said. Yesterday Israel's security cabinet authorised the military to call up 40,000 reservists for a possible assault on the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported.
'Initial indications suggest two rockets were intercepted above the Tel Aviv area', a military spokeswoman said after air raid sirens were heard in Tel Aviv and across central Israel.
Israel says that Hamas Islamists in Gaza have dozens of long-range rockets capable of striking deeper into Israel than ever before.
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