Sirens ring out across central Israel; explosions heard in Tel Aviv area

Code Red sirens sounded in several communities throughout Israel on Thursday afternoon.
Audible explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv area , although no Code Red siren proceeded the explosions.
Sirens sounded in areas of central Israel surrounding Tel Aviv, such as Lod and Ramle.
Israeli media reports suggested that a heavy barrage of rockets had been fired toward the Greater Tel Aviv area, but the IDF did not immediately confirm the reports.
Siren were also sounded in the southern cities Ashdod and Ashkelon.