Israeli military accuses Hamas of firing rockets

Israeli military accuses Hamas of firing rockets

Israeli military accuses Hamas of firing rockets

The cancellation, the first of its kind in a year, came after Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Hamas targets in Gaza overnight in response to rockets fired from the enclave, including at Tel Aviv.

Two of the rockets launched from Gaza had targeted the Israeli economic capital, Tel Aviv - the first such attack since a 2014 war between Israel and Gaza militants.

"Targets included Hamas's Gaza City headquarters, an underground rocket facility and several military posts", the army statement read.

A statement from Hamas's military wing said the group was "not responsible for the rockets fired tonight towards the enemy", adding that it occurred during a visit by an Egyptian security delegation to Gaza.

More than 40 locations were targeted with about 100 strikes, the source said.

It said it had identified a launch attempt out of Gaza, but the rocket misfired and landed inside Palestinian territory.

A short while after Israel began its retaliation, sirens sounded in an area immediately to the east of Gaza indicating a further rocket launch. Though the attack caused no damage or injuries, it was a significant escalation and set the stage for a tough Israeli reprisal.

"Hamas carried out the rocket fire against Tel Aviv yesterday evening", Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay Adraee said.

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. Israel, however, has yet to officially confirm the ceasefire.

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A total of four rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel, three of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

The sudden outbreak of violence comes at a sensitive time for both sides, and it appeared that Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers had incentives to end the fighting.

Israel's military has confirmed it was attacking so-called "terror sites" in Gaza.

"Fighter planes, combat helicopters and (other) aircrafts attacked some 100 terrorist targets of the Hamas terrorist organization throughout the Gaza Strip".

The attacks were taking place in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, about 15 miles south of Gaza City.

Israel's Education Minister and security cabinet member Naftali Bennett urged: "The time has come to defeat Hamas and eliminate its leaders, I am calling on the prime minister to convene the cabinet and to force the IDF to present a plan for the destruction of Hamas".

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

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