What happened: Two rockets were fired at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv from the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said March 14. One was shot down by the Iron Dome air defense system while the other landed in a field. The Palestinian faction that fired the rockets remains unknown.
Why it matters: Long-range rockets fired at Tel Aviv could spark conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant and political group that controls Gaza. This is the first long-range strike on Tel Aviv since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.
Background: Hamas and Israel both want to avoid a major conflict, which could have uncertain consequences for each. Still, Israel will feel compelled to respond to a strike on Tel Aviv. But such a response carries the risk that the two sides will become caught in a pattern of escalation.