Israel launches dozens of Gaza strikes after rockets target Tel Aviv

Israel said Friday its aircraft had struck dozens of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rockets from the Palestinian enclave, including rare fire toward its economic capital Tel Aviv.

A picture taken on August 8, 2018 in Gaza City shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)
A picture taken on August 8, 2018 in Gaza City shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)

The escalation followed weeks of growing tensions and came at an especially sensitive time ahead of Israel’s April 9 elections.

As the polls approach, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely believed to want to avoid a fourth war in the Gaza Strip since 2008 — but the exchange of fire again showed the risks.

Quiet returned to Gaza and Israel on Friday morning.

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UN and Egyptian officials were in contact with both sides “to prevent the situation from spinning out of control,” a source with knowledge of the discussions said.

Organisers of weekly Friday protests along the Gaza border fence, which have been accompanied by violence, announced they would be cancelled — the first such move since they began nearly a year ago.

Four Palestinians were wounded in the Gaza strikes, the enclave’s health ministry said, while no Israelis were reported injured.

Explosions could be heard throughout the night in Gaza and fireballs lit the sky.

In the bustling coastal city of Tel Aviv, sirens wailed late Thursday in scenes reminiscent of the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza militants.

Rocket fire toward Israel’s southern communities near the blockaded coastal territory is common, but Tel Aviv is rarely targeted.

It was unclear where the two rockets fired toward Tel Aviv landed, but no damage was reported.

Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai ordered public bomb shelters opened, and told local television that one of the Gaza rockets “apparently fell into the sea, the other hit somewhere but not in” the city.

– Hamas denies responsibility –

Both Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs Gaza, and its ally Islamic Jihad denied they were behind the rocket fire towards Tel Aviv, raising the possibility they were launched by fringe groups.

But Israel’s military said they were launched by Hamas.

Israel has long said it holds Hamas responsible for all violence from Gaza, controlled by the group since 2007.

On Friday, Israeli media reported the military’s preliminary assessment was that the rockets were fired by mistake during maintenance work — a sign Israel was seeking to calm tensions.

A military spokesman declined to comment.

Islamic Jihad said Friday that Palestinian militants would hold fire if Israel did the same.

Netanyahu met with defence chiefs at military headquarters in Tel Aviv after the rockets were fired, and Israel’s response began later.

A delegation from Egypt, which has acted as mediator between Israel and Hamas, was in Gaza before the strikes and reportedly left after warnings.

Israel said its aircraft hit around 100 Hamas targets, including a complex allegedly used by the group to coordinate militant operations in the occupied West Bank.

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

A security source in Gaza said dozens of strikes targeted bases belonging to both Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

A position belonging to Hamas’s military wing, near its leader Ismail Haniya’s family home on the outskirts of Gaza City, was damaged, with rubble strewn across the road, an AFP journalist said.

Hamdi, 22, who works in a bakery in Gaza, said “since the morning very few people have come compared to normal Friday mornings. People are afraid of bombs -– like in a war.”

– Rocket interceptions –

Gaza residents reported a number of rockets fired back at Israel in response.

Sirens rang out in southern Israel early Friday and the Israeli military said it identified four “launches” from Gaza.

Three were intercepted by missile defence systems, it said.

Since Thursday night, around 10 rockets were fired from Gaza.

Almost daily exchanges between Israel and the Palestinian territory have threatened a wider escalation in hostilities over the past few weeks.

It comes as the one-year anniversary of mass protests and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border fence approaches on March 30.

An informal truce between Hamas and Israel had led to relative calm, but recent weeks have seen another uptick in violence.

Netanyahu warned Sunday that Israel would not hesitate to launch a “large-scale operation” in Gaza if provoked.

“I’ve heard people in Gaza saying that since we’re in an election campaign, a large-scale operation is out of the question,” he said.

“I’d suggest to Hamas — don’t count on it.”

Reacting to the rocket fire on Thursday night, Netanyahu’s main election rival, former military chief Benny Gantz, called for “a severe and significant response.” AFP

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    Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the captial of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God. They deny Jesus as their Messiah, and the Bible tells us this Jewish Messiah will be the counterfiet that will bring about a false peace, and ultimatley the great tribulation.

    They even printed a coin to raise money for the Temple with Donald Trumps face on the front and with king Cyrus'(who built the second Temple) behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the third Temple.

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

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