Rockets from Gaza jolt Tel Aviv area

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — As many as three rockets fired from Gaza may have landed near Tel Aviv, the Israeli commercial capital.

Israeli TV showed panicked residents running for cover after the air-raid sirens began sounding. The military said two rockets had been fired at the city, and residents heard an explosion. But there was no word on where they landed, and no reports of injuries. Police were looking into the possibility that the rockets had landed in the sea.

Earlier in the day, a third rocket landed in an open area of a city on Tel Aviv's southern outskirts, but there were no casualties.

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with nearly 150 rockets today, killing three people. This, as Israel continued a campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. The attacks have killed 15 Palestinians in two days, including the head of the military wing of Hamas.

Defense officials say Israel is prepared to launch a ground invasion into Gaza if necessary.

The fighting -- the heaviest in four years -- has brought life to a standstill on both sides of the border, with schools canceled and people huddled indoors.

Southern areas of Israel near Gaza have had to cope with rocket fire for years. But the attacks on the Tel Aviv area demonstrate the increased capabilities developed by Hamas.

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177-a-16-(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at news conference)-"behind Palestinian civilians"-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Hamas leadership has turned Gaza into a terror stronghold. (15 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO JRL135: Palestinian women react during the funeral of Hisham Al Galban, a Hamas militant killed in an Israeli attack, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Israel barraged the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and shelling Wednesday and killed the Hamas military chief in a targeted strike, launching a campaign aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Islamic militants. The assault killed 10 other Palestinians, including two children and seven militants. On Thursday, militant rockets fired into Israel killed three Israelis, raising the likelihood of a further escalation.(AP Photo/Eyad Baba) (15 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DV102: A relative carries the body of 2-year-old Palestinian Waleed Al-Abadlah during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. According to the family, Al-Abadlah died from wounds sustained in an Israeli air strike near his home. Palestinian militants hit Israel with nearly 150 rockets on Thursday, as Israel continued a campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Omar) (15 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DV108: Smoke trails are seen after missiles were fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza City towards southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) (15 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO ASC124: Israeli soldiers ride on top of an armored personal carrier close to the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Israel's prime minister says the army is prepared for a "significant widening" of its operation in the Gaza Strip. Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Thursday that Israel has "made it clear" it won't tolerate continued rocket fire on its civilians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (15 Nov 2012)

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