Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Two rockets were fired from Gaza toward the greater Tel Aviv district on Thursday night, the Israeli army said, adding only that there were no casualties or damage.

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.

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 with Israel.

Meanwhile, moments after the IDF launched air raid against alleged Hamas targets in Gaza the alarm sirens went off in the southern part of Israel, signalizing possible Palestinian shelling. "Decisions were taken", an Israeli official said without elaborating. The Hamas administration vowed to "take measures" against those behind the salvo, which it described as violating the "factional and national consensus" governing Gaza. It said it had identified a launch attempt out of Gaza, but the rocket misfired and landed inside Palestinian territory.

"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. So did Hamas, apparently, with a group's official telling Israeli media that Hamas is "not interested in an escalation" and does not know who fired the two rockets. "It's time to defeat Hamas, it's time to demilitarize the Gaza Strip", he said. But he said there were no special instructions and encouraged residents to stick to their daily routines.

Air Raid Warning Sirens Go Off In Tel Aviv After Apparent Gaza Rocket Attack

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai ordered all public shelters opened in the wake of the attack, as did the mayors of other cities in central Israel.

Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, two smaller Gaza armed factions, also denied responsibility.

"I suggest to Hamas, don't count on it", he told his Cabinet.

This marked the first rocket attack on Tel Aviv since the summer of 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, when the city was targeted repeatedly by Palestinian terror groups in Gaza. "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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