World Jewish Congress Stands with Israel Under Fire from Gaza missiles

World Jewish Congress Stands with Israel Under Fire from Gaza missiles

Israeli warplanes on Friday bombed some 100 targets belonging to the Islamist militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip in reprisal for rockets fired from the Palestinian territory, the Israeli military has said.

The Israeli army said the Hamas is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it.

More than 40 locations were targeted with about 100 strikes, the source said.

"We hold Hamas responsible for all attacks launched from the territory under its control, and urge the global community to publicly recognize that this offensive came unprovoked and that Israel has the full right to do whatever is required to safeguard the security of its residents and citizens", Singer said.

Smoke and flame are seen during an Israeli air strike in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, March 15, 2019.

Israeli media received information from defense officials saying a preliminary investigation determined that the Hamas rockets were misfires.

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. The missiles missed built-up areas and no casualties or damage were reported.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that locals heard loud explosions after three missiles were fired Thursday overnight at Tel Aviv City, in central Israel.

Hamas is demanding concessions that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, afraid of losing his right-wing electoral base, will not want to concede in this critical time just before parliamentary elections on April 9.

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Shortly before the rocket attack, Hamas police on Thursday violently broke up a rare protest by demonstrators angry about the dire living conditions in Gaza.

Hamas added that the rockets had been launched during a meeting with Egyptian mediators attempting to broker a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

Pompeo also defended the administration's work toward a denuclearization deal with North Korea, saying real progress was made in Hanoi even though a final agreement was not reached.

The organisers of Palestinian demonstrations that usually take place along the Gaza border have canceled Friday's protest, hours after an exchange of fire between Gaza and Israel flared up tensions in the region.

It's a first since Israel's 2014 campaign in Gaza.

"Hamas and other terror orgs in Gaza continue to fail their people day after day & drag Gaza further & further down by constantly choosing violence", Jason Greenblatt, the White House's Middle East envoy, said on Twitter. Israel holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all fire out of the territory.

Israel has accused Hamas, the terror organization that rules the Strip, of orchestrating the clashes and using them as cover to breach the border fence and carry out attacks.

Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, two smaller Gaza armed factions, also denied responsibility.

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