The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday, after air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time since summer of 2014, that it had registered launches of two rockets from the Gaza Strip.
A post on social media apparently shows two rockets streaking through the night sky above Tel Aviv.
Reuters journalists heard explosions, but it was unclear whether they were caused by the rockets or the interceptor missiles fired by Israel's Iron Dome system. "No damage or injuries were reported", the officials said. Israeli media said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convening senior military and security officers to evaluate the situation.
Hamas denied involvement for the rocket salvo, which it said took place as its leaders met Egyptian delegates about efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire with Israel.
"This was basically a surprise", military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio.
Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border.
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In addition to Hamas, Gaza is home to other militant groups.
Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel's destruction.
About 40 minutes after the alarm went up, traffic was flowing normally on Tel Aviv's main Ayalon highway.
"Two launches from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory were registered", the IDF press service said in a press release.
Around 200 Palestinians have been killed in the demonstrations and about 60 more Palestinians have died in other incidents, including exchanges of fire across the border.