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Palestine | Israeli Army Attacks Gaza Hours After Firing Rockets from Gaza at Tel Aviv

Israeli army attacked several targets in Gaza Strip Thursday overnight, hours after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza.

The Israeli military said it attacked nearly 100 Islamic Jihad and Hamas targets in Gaza including Hamas headquarters in Gaza, an underground rocket facility and several military posts.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told Israeli press that one of the Gaza rockets "apparently fell into the sea, the other hit somewhere but not in Tel Aviv."

A statement from Hamas's military wing said the group was "not responsible for the rockets fired tonight towards the enemy," adding that it occurred during a visit by an Egyptian security delegation to Gaza.

However, Israeli statement said "the Hamas terrorist organization bears responsibility for everything that is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip."

"The IDF views with great severity any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and will continue to act vigorously against these terrorist acts." the statement said.

The Israeli army has confessed that at least two rockets were fired towards the Israeli entity, triggering rocket sirens in Tel Aviv area on Thursday.

The Israeli military said its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the rockets, while another landed in an open area, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Israeli media reported that residents of the city rushed to bomb shelters and reported hearing explosions and five people were treated for shock by paramedics.

Israeli Military spokesman Ronen Manelis said that "we did not have advance knowledge of this fire today, and in fact it surprised us."

"Two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory. The alert and warning systems operated as required," the army said.

"No interceptions were made by aerial defense systems. No damage or injuries were reported. There are no special instructions for the civilian home front." The army added.