Rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv

Rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv

Escalation 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.

The salvo caused no damage or casualties.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for any rocket fire from Gaza, even if carried out by smaller groups outside direct Hamas control, a policy reiterated by Israel after the overnight strikes.

Israel and Hamas have allegedly agreed to a ceasefire after two rockets from the Gaza Strip hit Tel Aviv Thursday night for the first time since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

In Gaza, there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The army said early Friday that targets included an office complex in Gaza City, an underground complex that served as Hamas' main rocket-manufacturing site, and a center used for a Hamas drone program.

"In recent months, it appears that Hamas is feeling emboldened ahead of the Israeli elections, sensing that they can push for greater Israeli concessions in easing the blockade because Bibi Netanyahu wants to avoid an unwinnable war in Gaza ahead of the elections", Ms Tsurkov said.

Naftali Bennett, a right-wing member of Netanyahu's security Cabinet whose party is competing against the veteran prime minister's for votes in the coming election, demanded that Israel resume its assassination of Hamas chiefs.

Others have been hit by tank fire or air strikes in response to violence from Gaza.

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The protests in Gaza have resulted in hundreds of Palestinian deaths and thousands more wounded.

The Israelis began attacking what they said were "terror" sites in central and southern Gaza, leaving plumes of smoke billowing over Gaza city.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars since the Islamic terror organization seized power n a bloody 2007 coup in Gaza from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

Two sirens blared as loud explosions boomed in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reported. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Gaza during that war, majority civilians, along with 66 Israeli soldiers and seven civilians in Israel.

Hamas insisted on Twitter that its armed wing was "not responsible", while the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza said the rocket fire went "against the national consensus" and vowed to take measures against the perpetrators.

At 8pm on Thursday (March 14), the commentators on Israel's evening news were upbeat, in spite of tensions still lingering between Israel and the radical Islamic Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip.

"This was basically a surprise", military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Israel Radio on Thursday.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another Gaza faction, also denied being involved in the incident, Reuters reported.

It comes with the one-year anniversary of mass protests and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border fence approaching on March 30. "We'll do whatever is necessary to return the peace and quiet to the Gaza border communities, and the entire south".

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