Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Palestinian news media reported strikes throughout the densely populated coastal strip that is home to two million Palestinians.

The IDF subsequently announced that it had hit about 100 Hamas military targets, including an office complex in Gaza City allegedly used by the group to orchestrate attacks in the occupied West Bank, an underground facility that was the main manufacturing site of standard-grade rockets, and a military training site that served as a centre for unmanned aerial drones.

The air strikes, the heaviest in five months, hit about 100 military targets belonging to Hamas, the Islamist group which controls Gaza, the military said.

Pompeo's interview was recorded on Thursday, before Israeli defense officials said the Gaza rockets had been fired by mistake.

Meanwhile, rocket sirens sound in Israeli communities shortly after the air raids.

Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

After the rocket fire at Tel Aviv, the Israeli army said it was conducted by Hamas.

That salvo caused no casualties or damage, missing built-up areas.

Tel Aviv's Iron Dome missile defense system was activated during the attack and intercepted at least one rocket.

The organisers of Friday protests along the Gaza-Israel demarcation line say they are calling off this week's rallies.

Hamas denied responsibility for the initial rocket attack, saying it went against Palestinian interests.

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A security official briefed on the situation, who declined to be identified by name or nationality, told Reuters the launch was "the result of an error - that an attack on Israel was not intended".

Netanyahu has organized the attack on the innocent people of the Gaza Strip to achieve this sinister goal, he noted.

The fighting came as Egyptian mediators were trying to extend a ceasefire between the bitter enemies, which last fought a war in 2014.

An informal truce between Hamas and Israel had led to relative calm along the border, but recent weeks have seen another uptick in violence.

In a statement early Friday, the army said "we can confirm" that Hamas carried out the rocket attack.

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Hamas also denied responsibility, pointing out the attack took place at the same time the group's leaders were meeting with Egyptian officials to discuss the cease-fire.

Netanyahu warned Sunday that Israel would not hesitate to launch a "large-scale operation" in Gaza if provoked. As well as the strip's rulers, Hamas, other armed factions operate in the territory, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed organisation that has launched rockets in the past.

Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett, a hard-line rival of Netanyahu's, called on the prime minister to convene a gathering of his Security Cabinet and demand the army "present a plan to defeat Hamas".

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