March 14, 2019 | From the AP
A timeline report from the AP…
The Israeli military has concluded that the militant Hamas group of Gaza fired two rockets toward the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv.
In a statement early Friday, the army said “we can confirm” that Hamas carried out the rocket attack.
The attack Thursday night was the first time that Tel Aviv has been targeted since a 2014 war. It caused no casualties.
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Earlier, Hamas and many smaller Palestinian groups strongly denied responsibility.
Israeli retaliatory airstrikes continued through early Friday while sirens warning of incoming projectiles from Gaza sounded in southern Israel.
The Israeli military is reporting air-raid sirens in southern Israel, signaling new rocket fire out of the Gaza Strip.
The apparent rocket fire came in response to Israeli airstrikes, launched after an early rocket attack on Tel Aviv.
The army’s announcement early Friday gave no further details.
The Israeli military says it has begun attacking sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack on Tel Aviv.
The attacks were taking place in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Gaza City.
The warplanes could be heard flying overhead in Gaza City, where smoke from the explosions could be seen in the distance.
In a statement early Friday, the army said it was targeting “terror sites.” It gave no further details.
Palestinian media said a Hamas naval base had been targeted.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets toward Tel Aviv late Thursday, the Israeli military said, marking a significant escalation that raised the likelihood of a harsh Israeli reprisal.
The rocket barrage triggered air raid sirens across the city, which is Israel’s densely populated commercial and cultural capital.
No damage or injuries were reported. But it marked the first time that Tel Aviv, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Gaza, has been targeted by rocket fire since a 2014 war with Gaza militants.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed to the military headquarters in Tel Aviv and was conferring with senior army officials about a response.
In Gaza, there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the Israeli army’s chief spokesman, said officials had no prior warning of the attack and were trying to determine who fired the rockets. Israel holds Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for all fire out of the territory.
(Excerpted from AP News)