Rockets fired at Tel Aviv stopped by Israel's Iron Dome

Rockets fired at Tel Aviv stopped by Israel's Iron Dome

Rockets fired at Tel Aviv stopped by Israel's Iron Dome

The newspaper said the Iron Dome defense system was activated and intercepted the missiles.

"There is a growing assumption that the Hamas rocket fire towards the Gush Dan region was by mistake", the military said Friday morning, adding that it appears that those behind the launch were low-level Hamas militants.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

In an unusual turn of events, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of the Gaza Strip on Thursday in order to protest the high cost of living in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

In Gaza, health officials reported that four people were wounded, including a husband and wife in the southern town of Rafah.

A member of Hamas' military police walks through rubble at a site that was hit by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on 9 August 2018. It was the first time the city had been targeted since a 2014 war between Israel and Gaza militants.

There were no reports of damage or casualties, the Israeli army said, and no group in Gaza immediately claimed the attack.

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In October 2018 a rocket fired by Palestinians in Gaza fell into the sea off Tel Aviv and another hit the southern city of Beersheba. Hamas also denied responsibility, pointing out the attack took place at the same time the group's leaders were meeting with Egyptian officials to discuss the cease-fire. There have been several smaller rounds of fighting since, reined in by Egyptian and United Nations mediation. Gen. Ronen Manelis, said there was no prior warning to the attacks.

Witnesses said Hamas forces beat up participants in the protests, causing several injuries, including among children and women, in an attempt to disperse the protesters who set fires ablaze and blocked roads. But another Israeli military spokesman laid the blame on Hamas on Friday.

The IDF estimates that the two rockets launched by Hamas into metropolitan Tel Aviv was made in error, and Hamas did not intend to carry out an attack.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars since the Islamic terror organization seized power n a bloody 2007 coup in Gaza from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

On Friday, Islamic Jihad's armed wing said in a statement that it had put its fighters on full alert to respond to Israeli attacks. He added the USA would continue to "ensure robust, bipartisan support for Israel's defence". "This method will never work".

Netanyahu also faced pressure from the center-left opposition, whose leading candidate, ex-general Benny Gantz, said "only aggressive, harsh action will restore the deterrence that has eroded" under the prime minister's watch. New wave of tensions near the Gaza border began last March, when Palestinian protests, dubbed the Great March of Return, began.

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