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May 21, 2019

Fighting winds down after Israeli warplanes strike 100 Hamas targets in Gaza

March 16, 2019
A Palestinian inspects the damage of destroyed building belongs to Hamas ministry of prisoners hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, early Friday, March 15, 2019. (Adel Hana / AP)

Gaza and Israel are hanging fire.

After Hamas reportedly fired two rockets into Tel Aviv late Thursday night, Israel retaliated with warplanes that bombed about 100 Hamas targets in Gaza.

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But the combative volley — which commenced after an apparent misfire, according to Israeli media outlets — had been winding down Friday after Egypt intervened and brokered a truce, reported The Associated Press.

Defense officials said an early investigation revealed that either human error or a technical malfunction were the most likely causes of the rockets’ launch.

The strikes from the Israeli planes, which punctured the silence of the night sky, produced smoke that was visible 15 miles away.

The Israeli military was stunned when the incoming rockets hit the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Among the Hamas targets hit were an office complex in Gaza City used to command militant activities, an underground complex that served as a rocket-manufacturing site and a spot for Hamas drone development. Israel claimed several rockets were intercepted by air defense and there were no injuries.

Health officials on Friday reported four people were wounded in Gaza, including a married couple. The office building struck by Israel was Hamas’ office of prisoner affairs, according to The AP.

Right before the attack started, Hamas police quashed a violent protest by embittered demonstrators decrying the horrible living conditions in Gaza.

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