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Israeli forces intercepts Hamas rocket

Israeli authorities say a rocket fired at Tel Aviv was intercepted by an anti-missile battery.

Israeli authorities say a rocket fired at Tel Aviv was intercepted by an anti-missile battery.

GAZA - Israeli authorities on Saturday confirmed that a rocket fired at Tel Aviv was intercepted by an anti-missile battery resulting in an earlier explosion.

This is the latest incident in an exchange of airstrikes between the Israeli defence force and Palestinian militants in recent days.

At least 34 people have been killed since Israel launched airstrikes on Wednesday, resulting in Palestinian militants returning fire with more rockets in the last three days targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

It was a third straight day that a rocket took aim for Tel Aviv, but it was successfully intercepted by the battery which was deployed over the city earlier.

There was a loud boom and people started running for shelter.

Everyone immediately started calling friends and family to ensure they were safe.

Hamas later claimed responsibility for firing the missile.

No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, army has sealed off the main roads around the strip, declaring it a closed military zone.

Many see this as a sign of an impending ground offensive.