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15 March 2019, 12:54 | Devin Moran
Israel Strikes Gaza Terror Sites after Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv 14 Mar 2019
Israeli news media reported on rocket sirens blasting across Tel Aviv as well as the satellite cities of Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bat Yam, Holon, Azor and Rishon Letzion. At least two missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip toward the Tel Aviv area, Reuters reported, citing local media. It said one of the rockets landed in an uninhabited area, and that there were no reports of injuries.
There were no reports of damage or casualties, the Israeli army said, and no group in Gaza immediately claimed the attack.
Thursday's incident is the first time since the 2014 war that rockets from Gaza have come anywhere near Tel Aviv.
"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.
Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, two smaller Gaza armed factions, also denied responsibility.
In addition to Hamas, Gaza is home to other militant groups. Still, the municipality asked residents to open bomb shelters as a precaution.
Earlier on Thursday, Hamas security forces in Gaza violently dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting against dire living conditions.
Naftali Bennett, a member of Netanyahu's security cabinet who is vying with him for rightist-votes in the looming ballot, issued a statement demanding the assassination of Hamas chiefs. Two Israeli soldiers have been killed by Palestinian fire.
US consumer prices cool in February
It hit the United States central bank's 2% inflation target in March 2018 for the first time since April 2012. But excluding food and fuel costs, the core CPI fell short of a forecasts, rising only 0.1 percent.
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The Commerce Department meanwhile reported United States retail sales had recovered slightly after a dismal December. This, however, comes in the wake of Apple's shares which surged 3.47 percent putting-off some of Boeing's losses.