Israel bombs Gaza after rocket attack on Tel Aviv
Tensions have risen in Gaza over Israel’s response to protests at the frontier during the past year
An Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery deployed near the Gaza Strip. Photograph: REUTERS/Amir Cohen
Israel has responded by attacking what it called “terror sites” in Gaza.
Rocket sirens sounded in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening, alerting residents to rush to bomb shelters. Videos posted online by locals showed empty streets and captured the blare of “code red” sirens, used to warn of imminent attacks.
There were no reports of damage or casualties, the Israeli army said, and no group in Gaza immediately claimed the attack, but in a statement, Hamas’s military wing denied responsibility for the attack.
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.
In Gaza explosions were heard in the north and south of the territory according to Palestinian witnesses who said Israeli planes bombed two Hamas security positions.
As tensions have risen in Gaza over Israel’s lethal response to weekly protests at the frontier during the past year, militants in the enclave have fired hundreds of projectiles into surrounding areas, although not as far north as Tel Aviv.
Israel’s military has responded with widespread airstrikes.
Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, led an urgent meeting with senior military officials after the attempted strike to discuss a response, local media reported. – Guardian