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Iranian Official Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza Strip

17 March 2019

Overnight, Israeli aircraft and helicopters strike dozens of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Another was "the main manufacturing site of standard-grade rockets in the Gaza Strip", an underground location, it said.

In a statement, the Israeli military said it had struck "approximately 100 military targets" belonging to Gaza-ruling Hamas. Witnesses said the powerful explosions from the air strikes rocked buildings in Gaza and lit up the skies over the targeted sites.

According to the Israeli army, two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory.

The Israeli military said they believed Hamas was responsible.

Iranian Official Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza Strip
Iranian Official Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza Strip

Israeli soldiers are seen on top of an armoured personnel carrier (APC) near the border between Israel and Gaza on its Israeli side, March 15, 2019.

Two Palestinians were reported wounded in Gaza, while no Israelis were known to have been injured.

Hamas denied responsibility for the attack on Tel Aviv, saying the rockets were launched when the group's military wing was meeting with the Egyptian mediators. The missiles missed built-up areas and no casualties or damage were reported.

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.

"The World Jewish Congress and our affiliated communities in more than 100 countries stand with all Israelis tonight who are contending with another round of frightening missile fire emanating from Gaza", Singer said.

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Hamas, which dominates Gaza, insisted it was not behind the rocket fire. Israel and Egypt have maintained a crippling blockade on Gaza since Hamas took over the territory in 2007.

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.

A total of four rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel, three of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

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. "Israel holds Hamas responsible, hence the response". Israel's military said a headquarters of the militant group Hamas was among the targets.

It was the first time there has been such an attack since the war in 2014.

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Tens of thousands of Palestinians converge along the barrier that separates Gaza from Israel.

Hamas has denied any involvement in the rocket strikes.

Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett, a hard-line rival of Netanyahu's, called on the prime minister to convene a gathering of his Security Cabinet and demand the army "present a plan to defeat Hamas".

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Iranian Official Condemns Israeli Attacks on Gaza Strip