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Israel strikes back at Hamas targets in Gaza

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/15/19, 10:36 am

Israeli warplanes on Friday struck Hamas militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack hours earlier on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The Israeli military said in a statement it hit about 100 Hamas targets, and Palestinian media reported the strikes hit the group’s naval bases. Rockets from Gaza struck Tel Aviv on Thursday for the first time since 2014. Sirens blared, warning civilians to seek shelter. Neither side reported casualties. Hamas denied responsibility for the initial strikes, saying they went against Palestinian interests. Israeli media on Friday quoted defense officials saying preliminary investigation suggested the rockets were fired by mistake.

The Israeli military said its Iron Dome defense system intercepted all but one of six missiles fired at Israel. Cross-border fighting persisted into Friday morning. The latest clashes between the warring sides come as Israel prepares for general elections in April.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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    Posted: Sat, 03/16/2019 08:33 pm

    "preliminary investigation suggested the rockets were fired by mistake"

    Did I push that button? OOPS!

    That war is without end. Israel's enemies are many, especially here in the U.S.  Right Pelosi?

  • Leeper
    Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 09:33 pm

    Imagine how we would respond to missles being shot into one of our cities. So sad to see the conflict continue.