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Israel intercepts rockets fired at Tel Aviv

A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. (AFP/Said Khatib)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: At least two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Tel Aviv Wednesday were shot down midair by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, the Israeli military said.

"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.

Israel has struck the Gaza Strip with numerous missiles overnight, as its troops mass on the border for a possible ground invasion.

 

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