Two rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv area, says Israeli army

15 March, 2019, 04:57 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Israeli war planes launched a series of airstrikes early Friday, hitting back at targets across the Gaza Strip hours after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv for the first time since the 2014 war.

In a statement, it said its rocket sirens were activated in communities near the Gaza Strip border on Friday soon after it carried out strikes on Hamas targets in the territory.

Contrary to a report by the foreign ministry, an army statement said that "no interceptions were made" by its Iron Dome missile defence system. "No damage or injuries were reported".

The Israeli military has concluded that the militant Hamas group of Gaza fired two rockets toward the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv.

The rocket barrage triggered air raid sirens across the city, which is Israel's densely populated commercial and cultural capital.

The heads of Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization evacuated all of its headquarters in the enclave in anticipation of a likely military response to the attack by the Israel Defense Forces later in the evening.

Israeli security officials told Breitbart News the Israeli defense establishment was taken by surprise by the rocket attacks.

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Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the Israeli army's chief spokesman, said officials had no prior warning of the attack and were trying to determine who fired the rockets. It said that the aircraft then returned and attacked the same site 4 more times.

"The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades affirms that it's not responsible for the rockets fired towards the enemy earlier tonight, especially considering they were shot off during a meeting between the Hamas leadership and the Egyptian security delegation about understandings pertaining to the Gaza Strip", the Brigades said. Smaller flare-ups have occurred sporadically since Israel and Hamas fought their last war, in 2014.

Israel's municipality announced that public bomb shelters in the Tel Aviv area would be opened. But he said there were no special instructions and encouraged residents to stick to their daily routines.

Initial reports had indicated that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group was responsible for the rocket fire.

"I'd suggest to Hamas - don't count on it".

It was the first time sirens had rung out in the city since the 2014 Gaza war. "We will do anything necessary to restore security and quiet to the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and to the south in general".

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