Israel says Gaza rockets that led to airstrikes fired by mistake

Israel says Gaza rockets that led to airstrikes fired by mistake

The IDF released before-and-after photos of several key Hamas locations in the Gaza Strip that were decimated by Israeli airstrikes after terrorists launched rockets at Tel Aviv on Thursday. The Haaretz daily quoted the officials as saying the rockets were fired during maintenance work.

Hamas, however, is also responsible for the missile attack, because it hasn't taken action against Islamic Jihad and other recalcitrant groups in Gaza, which continue targeting Israel.

Gaza's Interior Ministry, run by Hamas, said the attacks on Israel were "outside the national consensus" and that it would investigate.

An Israeli parliamentarian in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition has urged authorities to end any hope of establishing a Palestinian state, reported Arutz Sheva.

A military spokesman declined to comment.

Just after dawn Friday, six more missiles were fired from Gaza toward Israeli border towns but all but one were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, the military said.

Destroyed Hamas naval post
Destroyed Hamas naval post

A United Nations envoy condemned Gaza's ruling Hamas group on Sunday for what he called its campaign of arrests and violence in confronting street protests over the past few days against high prices. The organizers of a weekly protest along the Israeli border canceled the demonstration in the wake of the escalation.

Shortly after 9pm on Thursday air-raid sirens sounded in Israel's largest city, followed by explosions.

A delegation from Egypt, which has acted as mediator between Israel and Hamas, was in Gaza before the strikes and reportedly left after warnings.

"There is a growing assumption that the Hamas rocket fire towards the Gush Dan region was by mistake", the Israel Defense Forces said Friday, according to the Jerusalem Post.

A ball of fire is seen following an Israel air strike in Rafah Southern Gaza, on, early, March 15, 2019. The Israeli warplanes could be heard roaring through the skies above Gaza City. Smaller flare-ups have occurred sporadically since Israel and Hamas fought their last war, in 2014.

"We have a very clear message to deliver to Hamas, if it won't be quiet in Tel Aviv, it won't be quiet in Gaza", Danny Danon told "America's Newsroom".

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