Organisers: Palestinians Call Off Protests Along Gaza Border After Israeli Raid

Smoke and flames are seen during an Israeli air attack on Gaza on Friday

The Israeli military says it struck 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rocket fire.

The army said early Friday that targets included an office complex in Gaza City, an underground complex that served as Hamas' main rocket-manufacturing site, and a center used for a Hamas drone program.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terror organization responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it", the military said in a statement.

The air strikes, the heaviest in five months, hit about 100 military targets belonging to Hamas, the Islamist group which controls Gaza, the military said.

Late Thursday, sirens wailed throughout the bustling city of Tel Aviv, sending residents into bomb shelters in a reminder for Israelis of the 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

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 denied responsibility for the attack on Tel Aviv, saying the rockets were launched when the group's military wing was meeting with Egyptian mediators to try to strengthen a ceasefire with Israel. No casualties were reported.

On March 14, rockets are fired from Gaza towards the region of Tel Aviv.

Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett, a hard-line rival of Netanyahu's, called on the prime minister to convene a gathering of his Security Cabinet and demand the army "present a plan to defeat Hamas".

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IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the military wasn't immediately sure who fired the rockets and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza said it played no role.

Prior to that the last attacks on the Tel Aviv area came during the July 2014 war between Israel and Gaza militants.

The organisers of Palestinian demonstrations that usually take place along the Gaza border have canceled Friday's protest, hours after an exchange of fire between Gaza and Israel flared up tensions in the region.

Two people were wounded in the strikes on Gaza.

In a statement early Friday, the army said it was targeting "terror sites".

Calm was restored by mid-morning as an Egyptian delegation mediated between Israel and Palestinian factions, a Palestinian official said.

The call came hours after the protest was cancelled for the first time in almost a year after Israeli jets hit the enclave on Thursday evening, following the launching of rockets at Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu warned Sunday that Israel would not hesitate to launch a "large-scale operation" in Gaza if provoked. But Hamas denied any involvement with the escalation, as did Islamic Jihad.

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