For the first time since the start of Israel’s Operation Dawn against Islamic Jihad in Gaza, the Palestinian group fired rockets at major urban centers in central Israel minutes after 18:00 local time.
Sirens were activated in Tel Aviv, as well as in the central Israeli cities of Holon, Rishon Lezion, Bat Yam, Azor and Yavne.
As the sirens went off in Tel Aviv, two loud blasts were heard in the air and scenes of panic were seen with beachgoers running to public shelters.
It was initially reported that two rockets landed near the central beach of Netanya, which is 30 km north of Tel Aviv. It was later announced that no rockets landed in Netanya and that the two rockets landed in a coastal area between Jaffa and Bat Yam, less than 6 km south of Tel Aviv
Another rocket landed in a residential area in the center of the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, hitting an outdoor car park, with no casualties reported.
Eyewitnesses saw rockets being shot down over residential areas in the cities of Rishon-LeZion and Holon in central Israel.