Rocket sirens and heavy blasts sounded over Tel Aviv, as well as central and southern Israel, shortly after midnight, as Hamas militants launched several salvos from Gaza – with most missiles intercepted by the Iron Dome.
At least three rounds of rockets were fired from Gaza in the direction of Tel Aviv and other parts of central Israel on Saturday night, according to RT’s Paula Slier.
Multiple videos shared on social media showed the night skies light up with both rockets coming out of Gaza and the Iron Dome missiles launched to intercept them.
There were no immediate reports of casualties from rocket impacts, but at least 10 people received injuries while rushing for shelters, according to Israel’s national EMS.
The renewed attack comes shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech vowing that Israel will continue to strike in Gaza “as long as necessary.”
“The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking us,” he added. “Unlike Hamas, which deliberately intends to harm civilians while hiding behind civilians, we are doing everything… to avoid or limit as much as possible harming civilians and to directly strike terrorists instead.”
Earlier on Saturday, IDF destroyed a building where offices of international media outlets, including Associated Press and Al Jazeera, were located – claiming its to be a legitimate military target because it allegedly housed “Hamas military intelligence.”
The nearly week-long violent standoff between Israel and Palestinian militants was initially prompted by an Israeli court decision to evict several Palestinian families from an East Jerusalem neighborhood, which led to massive protests and violent police crackdown on the demonstrators. In what it called a retaliation, Hamas militant group targeted Israeli cities with a rocket attack on Monday, prompting Israel to launch its massive military operation against Gaza.
The hostilities so far claimed at least 145 Palestinian lives, including 41 children, while Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children, with hundreds injured on both sides.
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