IDF strikes Gaza after rocket fire on Tel Aviv area

15 March, 2019, 04:54 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack

Despite the apparent activation of Israel's Iron Dome air defence system, the military said no rockets were shot down nor landed in any built-up areas.

No injuries were reported.

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

Israeli military aircraft bombed Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday, hours after two rockets were launched from the Palestinian enclave at Tel Aviv in the first such attack since a 2014 war.

The Tel Aviv skyline at night. Palestinian witnesses told Reuters that Israeli warplanes targeted two Hamas security positions in the south and north of the Gaza Strip.

A Hamas official told the The Times of Israel that the terror group "has no interest in an escalation" with Israel.

Hamas denied responsibility for the attack on Tel Aviv, saying the rockets were launched when the group's military wing was meeting with Egyptian mediators to try to strengthen a cease-fire between Gaza militants and Israel.

The rocket attacks came as Hamas and Egypt were discussing a long-term truce with Israel for the Gaza Strip.

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The Hamas-run Interior Ministry called the rocket fire "outside the national consensus" and said it would exact measures against those behind it. The territory is home to other militant groups, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organization that also has a formidable rocket arsenal.

"We are still checking which group did the firing". But he said there were no special instructions and encouraged residents to stick to their daily routines.

The attack prompted several municipalities in central Israel to open their public bomb shelters.

According to reports, a number of Israelis were treated for shock.

An Iron Dome Missile Defense battery set up in the southern Israeli city of Sderot fires an intercepting missile.

The missile launches come less than a month before the April 9 Knesset elections, and two months before Tel Aviv is due to host the Eurovision Song Contest, a major worldwide event that is expected to draw many thousands of tourists from all over Europe.

It was the first time there has been such an attack since the war in 2014. The tensions further mounted in fall due to continued shelling and arson balloons launches from Gaza into the Israeli territory and Israeli strikes on Palestinian targets in response to these actions.

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