Israel Strikes Gaza Terror Sites after Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv

Israel Strikes Gaza Terror Sites after Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv

The remarks came as Israel launched air attacks on Gaza hours after rockets were fired near Tel Aviv, raising fears of a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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

Attack helicopters and warplanes launched airstrikes on Hamas underground rocket manufacturing sites and unmanned aerial aircraft, among other targets, it said.

A security source in Gaza said dozens of strikes targeted bases belonging to both Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Netanyahu past year was criticized by members of his own government coalition for being soft on Hamas by agreeing to a cease-fire with that group after a spate of rocket attacks from Gaza toward communities in southern Israel.

There have been no reported fatalities, only one man and one woman were wounded, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

Hamas, which usually claims responsibility for its military actions, denied involvement in the rocket attack on Tel Aviv and even said it had undermined its interests. The military said several rockets were intercepted by its air defense systems, and there were no reports of injuries.

Although the Iron Dome missile defence system was activated and warning sirens sounded in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, no interception took place, suggesting that the rockets landed in open areas and caused no material damage.

The strikes follow an emergency security consultation held by Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his defense chiefs in Tel Aviv.

Local media reports documented explosions in various sections of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas added that the rockets had been launched during a meeting with Egyptian mediators attempting to broker a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

"In keeping with the public interest, the commission has made a decision to exceptionally postpone its activities scheduled for this day", the body which organizes the protests said in a statement.

Hamdi, 22, who works in a bakery in Gaza, said "since the morning very few people have come compared to normal Friday mornings".

Netanyahu warned Sunday that Israel would not hesitate to launch a "large-scale operation" in Gaza if provoked.

Thursday's rocket salvo was the first to be fired toward the greater Tel Aviv area since Israel's devastating 51-day onslaught against Gaza in mid-2014.

Islamic Jihad, another Iranian-backed terror group in Gaza with a large rocket arsenal, also denied firing the rockets.

Danon slammed Hamas saying it uses civilians "as human shields" and that "a terrorist organization that tries to harm Israel will encounter a relentless and uncompromising force".

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