Two missiles fired by terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip hit Tel Aviv Thursday evening, the first time Israel's coastal metropolis has sustained a missile strike since the first Gulf War over 20 years ago.
The missiles landed in an open area and did not cause damage or injuries.
However, Israeli military officials warned that a difficult night was likely ahead for the millions of people living across central Israel.
It is believed that Israel destroyed the bulk of the terrorists' long-range Fajr 5 missiles in the opening hours of Israel's Gaza offensive, so the ability to hit Tel Aviv is supposedly limited.
Though the actual missile threat to Tel Aviv may not be significant, the fact the city was hit marks a major escalation in the current conflagration. Israel is expected to respond with a ground invasion of Gaza in the coming hours.
Earlier on Thursday three Israelis were killed and dozens more wounded when Gaza missiles hit homes in several towns in southern Israel.