Tel Aviv Target Of Rocket

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This May 5, 2012 photo shows the Tel Aviv skyline. The freewheeling seaside oasis of Tel Aviv has long served as an escape from the troubles of everyday Israel. But in Nov. 2012, for the first time ever, Israel's financial and cultural capital is also the target of Iranian-made rockets fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/dapd, Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert) | AP

TEL AVIV, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Sirens sounded in Tel Aviv on Saturday, signalling a rocket attack on the city, and an explosion was heard, witnesses said.

A cloud of smoke was seen in the sky over the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial centre. Israel Radio said it appeared that an "Iron Dome" anti-missile battery had intercepted the rocket in mid-air.

Hamas's armed wing in the Gaza Strip said it fired a rocket at the city, the third such attack since Israel launched its air offensive in the enclave on Wednesday.

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