Israeli warplanes pound Gaza; four Palestinians injured

Rockets fired from Gaza target Tel Aviv for first time since 2014

Israeli launches Gaza strikes after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

A Palestinian man walks past a crater on the ground following an Israeli air strike targeting a site belonging to Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on March 15, 2019.

The terror sites included "an office complex in Gaza City used to plan and command Hamas militant activities, an underground complex that served as Hamas' main rocket-manufacturing site and a center used for Hamas drone development", according to an Associated Press report.

Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, for their part, have denied any responsibility for the alleged rocket attack, with the latter group issuing a statement holding Israel responsible for the latest escalation.

"We are aware of reports of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and are closely monitoring the situation", a U.S. State Department official told JNS.

The rocket barrage triggered air raid sirens throughout the city, Israel's densely populated commercial and cultural capital.

Just after dawn, six more missiles were fired from Gaza toward Israeli border towns but all but one were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, the military said.

Hamas, which usually claims responsibility for its military actions, denied involvement in the rocket attack on Tel Aviv and even said it had undermined its interests.

Residents reported hearing explosions, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

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 IDF response comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded a security meeting at the IDF's Tel Aviv headquarters.

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Quiet returned to Gaza and Israel on Friday morning.

Hamas, which dominates Gaza, insisted it was not behind the rocket fire.

Forces also set up checkpoints on roads leading to Gaza City to prevent people from joining what some have described as a rebellion against the 12-year long Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip.

The fighting came as Egyptian mediators were trying to extend a ceasefire between the bitter enemies, which last fought a war in 2014.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire coming out of the territory.

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.

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

Tens of thousands of Palestinians converge along the barrier that separates Gaza from Israel. The Iran-backed Al-Sabareen terrorist group in Gaza has yet to release an official statement following the rocket attacks.

"I'd suggest to Hamas - don't count on it".

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