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News ID: 90238
Publish Date : 15 May 2021 - 21:47
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TEL AVIV/GAZA CITY (Dispatches) -- Rocket sirens blared throughout Tel Aviv and central occupied territories on Friday as Palestinian factions fired dozens of rockets at Zionist targets in response to the massacre of a Palestinian family of 10, including eight children.
Israeli media said a rocket exploded in central Ramat Gan, with footage from Ramat Gan showing a car burning and damage to nearby buildings.
Sirens were heard in Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion, Holon, Bat Yam, Ashdod, Yavne, Rehovot, Givatayim, Petha Tikva, Kiryat Ono and other settlements.
A man was killed in the rocket strike in Ramat Gan and several people were injured. Police said two rockets hit the city.
One of the rockets exploded in the Arab town of Taibe northeast of Tel Aviv, and another hit near the Zionist settlement of Karnei Shomron.
The residents of Taibe gathered to celebrate Palestinian resistance at the scene of the rocket strike.
They denounced the Zionist regime’s violence against Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque and shouted "With spirit, with blood, we’ll redeem Al-Aqsa!”
Hamas’ military wing, Qassam Brigades, said it launched dozens of rockets at the occupying regime in response to a pre-dawn airstrike by Israeli warplanes against Al-Shati refugee camp, which martyred eight children and two women from the Abu Hatab family and injured 15 others.
The Israeli military destroyed the Al Jalaa tower in Gaza after sending a "roof-knocking” missile as a final warning to leave. The building housed media outlets such as Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, along with Arab and local press.
Al Jazeera aired a phone call between the building’s owner and a Zionist intelligence officer asking to be given time to evacuate equipment from the offices, but the officer declined the request.
Cities in southern Israel faced an intense barrage of rockets overnight Friday and Saturday, with several heavy waves of projectile fire targeting Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheva, Sderot and the surrounding areas.
A huge fire broke out in an industrial zone and several buildings were damaged after a barrage of missiles was fired at Ashdod in response to the massacre of the Palestinian family.
Qassam Brigade said it had fired several rockets at Hatzerim Airbase in the Negev Desert on the outskirts of Beersheva. Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, also said it targeted Tel Aviv with several rockets.
"The massacre in Al-Shati camp showed the extent of the Zionist regime’s helplessness and defeat,” Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh said.
"This massacre represents the extent of the stalemate that the occupiers are experiencing in the face of the greatness of the resistance and the surprising deeds of the men loyal to it,” he added.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said the extermination of the entire family in the Al-Shati camp "shows the volume of the Zionist regime’s savage terrorism against our nation”.
"This crime shows that the occupiers are incapable in the face of the resistance in Jerusalem Al-Quds and the West Bank and Gaza,” he added.
At least 139 Palestinians, including 39 children and 22 women, have been martyred and about 1,000 others injured in Gaza in the Zionist regime’s latest round of aggression that began on Monday.
Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen television channel network said boats belonging to the Israeli army targeted the port of Gaza early Saturday.
According to the Israeli military, some 200 rockets were launched at Occupied Palestine from Gaza between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.
The occupying regime says at least nine settlers, including an officer, have been killed and more than 566 others injured in the Palestinian resistance’s shelling of settlements, military sites, and occupied cities as part of Operation Al-Quds’ Sword that started on May 10.
Shipping sources said Friday that at least two tanker owners delivering crude oil to Occupied Palestine had been asked to divert from Ashkelon to the port of Haifa because of the fighting.
The sources said the tankers were carrying oil from the Black Sea. Major airlines have already stopped flights to Israeli airports.

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