Friday, 22 March, 2019

IDF Pounds Gaza in Response to Recent Attack Toward Tel Aviv

IDF strikes over 100 Hamas targets after terrorists fire 11 rockets into Israel Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack
Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 02:59

The Tel Aviv skyline at night.

US President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process Jason Greenblatt on Thursday strongly condemned the rocket fire on the Tel Aviv area, and stressed the administration's "strong support" for Israel.

The Israeli military said "it appears" that two rockets were launched from Gaza.

The Israeli military said early Friday the country has launched airstrikes on "terror sites in Gaza", hours after rockets were fired on Tel Aviv.

As tensions have risen in Gaza over Israel's lethal response to weekly protests at the frontier during the past year, militants in the enclave have fired hundreds of projectiles into surrounding areas, although not as far north as Tel Aviv.

Israel's Channel 10 news, citing anonymous military officials, said the rockets were Iranian-made Fajr rockets.

The Israeli media reported ahead of the Gaza air strikes that the IDF would deliver a significant response to the rocket fire.

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Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel's destruction.

Hamas and PIJ told Egyptian security officials who were in the Strip to discuss a long-term truce that they were not responsible for the rockets, Al-Jazeera reported.

Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, told Israeli television he believes one rocket fell into the sea.

Netanyahu, who doubles as Israel's defence minister, was conferring with military and security staff, his office said.

Not long after the IDF began its assault, air raid sirens sounded in some Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu also faced pressure from the centre-left opposition, whose leading candidate, ex-general Benny Gantz, said "only aggressive, harsh action will restore the deterrence that has eroded" under the prime minister's watch.

Around 200 Palestinians have been killed in the demonstrations and about 60 more Palestinians have died in other incidents, including exchanges of fire across the border.

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