The Israeli military has confirmed that Tel Aviv has come under attack for the first time in months with at least eight rockets fired towards central Israel on Sunday originating from Gaza’s far-southern city of Rafah.

Hamas’s military wing claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday, according to Press Association.

The Israel Defence Force (IDF) showed a map on X (formerly known as Twitter)  shortly after 12pm on Sunday showing at least 26 locations where red alert sirens are in place, meaning residents should evacuate to a shelter.

Areas affected by the sirens include the heavily populated areas of Petah Tikva, Herzliya and Kfar Saba.

An AFP correspondent in the Gaza Strip reported seeing rockets being fired from Rafah, while the military said that ‘some of the rockets were intercepted’ by Israeli air defences.

An official post from the IDF showed a photograph of the rockets overhead from the Rafah crossing, which lies around 60 miles away from Tel Aviv.