Hamas targets Tel Aviv for second day running
Rockets launched by Palestinians militants toward Israel make their way from the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel (Photo: AP/Ariel Schalit)
Rockets from the Gaza Strip have been sent to Tel Aviv for the second day running, sending Israelis running for bomb shelters.
This week marks the first time rockets have been directed at the city since the Gulf war.
According to Micky Rosenfeld, spokesman for the Israeli police, the rocket sent earlier today landed in the sea and nobody was injured.
The IDF spokesperson said that so far on Friday 67 rockets have been fired by terrorist groups across the border, with intercepted by the Iron Dome protection system.
The attacks came despite Israel agreeing to halt action during a visit by the Egyptian Prime Minister to Gaza. The mayor of Tel Aviv has opened all public bomb shelters to residents of the city in anticipation of further attacks.
A post on the Twitter page of the Al Qassam brigades – the armed wing of Hamas – took responsibility for targeting Tel Aviv. "Al Qassam Brigades shelling Tel Aviv-Tel El Rabee with M75 homemade projectile," it said. It also reported sending rockets to the southern town of Beersheva and threatened that they would be launching a long range missile towards the Knesset building in Jerusalem "for the first time".
So far the Israeli military said it has hit 340 targets in Gaza, including underground missile stores. Up to 19 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed. Three Israeli soldiers in southern have also been injured by a rocket fired from Gaza.