Israel says it hit 100 Hamas targets in Gaza in reprisal attack

Israel says it hit 100 Hamas targets in Gaza in reprisal attack

Among the terrorist targets was the offices of the Hamas headquarters in Gaza City responsible for directing terrorist operatives in Judea and Samaria, building terrorist infrastructures and transferring money to those responsible for terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.

A security source in Gaza said dozens of strikes targeted bases belonging to both Hamas and Islamic Jihad throughout Gaza. Hamas' corruption combined with an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and sanctions by the rival Palestinian Authority have crippled Gaza's economy.

According to Gaza's health ministry, a man and a woman were seriously injured when a missile hit a house in the southern town of Rafah. Israeli media reported that their initial assessment was that the group launched the rockets by mistake.

In a statement early Friday, the army said it was targeting "terror sites".

The committee said it canceled the event out of "concern for our people" and in preparation for the mass protests planned for March 30 to mark Land Day.

Hamas, which typically claims responsibility for its military actions, denied involvement in the rocket attack on Tel Aviv and even said it had undermined its interests.

It was unclear where those rockets landed, but Israel's military reported no damage or injuries. Mr. Netanyahu is locked in a tight fight for re-election and could face heavy criticism from his opponents if he is seen as ineffective against the militants.




Hamas forces armed with guns and clubs attacked today hundreds of Palestinians protesting in Gaza City against the high prices of goods and taxes imposed by the de facto government in the Gaza Strip. There have been several smaller rounds of fighting since, reined in by Egyptian and United Nations mediations. "We don't know who carried it out", Israel's chief military spokesman, Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis, told Israel Radio, as quoted by Reuters.

Sirens blared in the metropolitan city and civilians took cover in bomb shelters to escape two rockets fired towards central Israel.

Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other group all denied launching the rockets at Tel Aviv.

The flare-up of Thursday and Friday drew a US statement of support for Israel. "This method will never work".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely believed to want to avoid a fourth war in the Gaza Strip since 2008 ahead of the polls, but the exchange of fire could quickly spin out of control.

Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border. New wave of tensions near the Gaza border began last March, when Palestinian protests, dubbed the Great March of Return, began. Israeli soldiers usually respond with tear gas and, in some cases, live fire.

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