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TEL AVIV — In the early morning hours here, the Israel Defense Forces said it began striking “terror sites in Gaza” after two rockets were launched from the coastal enclave in the direction of central Israel.
Local media reports documented explosions in various sections of the Gaza Strip. Palestinian witnesses told Reuters that Israeli warplanes targeted two Hamas security positions in the south and north of the Gaza Strip.
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The IDF retaliation was immediately followed by more reports of Israeli rocket sirens going off, this time in the Israeli communities close to the Gaza Strip. The IDF said it was investigating the cause of the latest incoming rocket alerts.
The IDF response comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded a security meeting at the IDF’s Tel Aviv headquarters. Israel’s Army Radio reported defense officials took the decision to strike dozens of Gaza Strip terror targets in response to the rocket launchings, which marked the first time Gazan terrorists fired rockets toward Tel Aviv since the 2014 Israel-Gaza War.
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It was not immediately clear which terror faction was responsible for the rocket fire toward Tel Aviv.
The usual suspects — Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad — each denied their respective terror groups were behind the projectile attacks. The Iran-backed Al-Sabareen terrorist group in Gaza has yet to release an official statement following the rocket attacks.
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The Hamas-controlled Gaza Interior Ministry labeled Thursday’s rocket attacks targeting Tel Aviv “outside of the national consensus,” with Hamas claiming it would clamp down on those responsible.
The rocket attacks came as Hamas and Egypt were discussing a long-term truce with Israel for the Gaza Strip.
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Hamas’s so-called military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, not only denied it was behind the rocket launchings but said the attacks on Israel came while Hamas members were meeting with Egyptian...
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