BREAKING NEWS 4:00 PM EDT -- Missiles have been fired at Tel Aviv, Israel. Air raid sirens are sounding throughout the city.
"RED ALERT" Sirens sounding in areas shown on map below:
Public Bomb Shelters have been opened.
Iron Dome interceptors have been fired and engaged over the city itself.
Loud explosions heard.
UPDATE 4:14 PM EDT --
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) confirms the launch of 2 Fajir-5s toward Tel Aviv
UPDATE 4:16 PM EDT --
Israeli Defense Force confirms 1 rocket successfully intercepted. Another one landed in the sea near Gush Dan.
-- This is the first time in 5 years a long range ticket has been launched at Tel Aviv
UPDATE 4:17 PM EDT --
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently on his way to the Security Assessment Room
-- reports of Hamas currently abandoning all it's positions in Gaza (They know what's coming . . .)
UPDATE 4:20 PM EDT --
Reports that Israel has contacted the Egyptian delegation and told them to leave Gaza immediately.
Iron Dome Interceptors Being Fired over Tel Aviv:
UPDATE 4:30 PM EDT --
Dozens of people are being treated for shock injuries throughout central Israel.
-- PIJ officially rejects responsibility for firing the rockets
-- Shrapnel hit residential areas in city Holon
UPDATE 4:35 PM EDT --
Intense IDF drone flights over the Gaza Strip
Security convoy carrying Israeli PM Netanyahu just pulled into the IDF HQ in Tel Aviv
All Gaza border communities being advised (not official instructions) by IDF to begin preparing for possible rocket fire towards them from Gaza
UPDATE 4:44 PM EDT --
Netanyahu meeting with Cabinet and military officials to decide on escalation. (NOTE: With Netanyahu allegedly under Indictment for corruption, and with elections coming, many, many, many people seem to feel this may be STAGED to help Netanyahu's election chances.)
UPDATE 5:27 PM EDT --
Netanyahu has instructed ministers and security chiefs not to talk the media, as reports emerge that the security assessment is expected to last until 22:30 local.
--IDF has raised the threat level for settlements near Gaza
UPDATE 5:38 PM EDT --
Israeli media quoting high ranking military says response will be hard but not so hard it will provoke big escalation so thing gets out of hand.
UPDATE 5:58 PM EDT --
Egyptian sources says Cairo will not back down from its position that war must be avoided in Gaza.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad DENIES involvement in Launch.
Hamas DENIES involvement in launch.
That leaves Hizbollah . . . .
-- Shehab news agency: Gaza interior ministry we are following up on the rocket firing today and we will act against those acting without the resistance and national factions approval. We will find them and punish them.
(Note: This shows Hamas is taking this very serious. To say they will punish those firing at Israel is huge and shows this is some sort of false flag from some actor on the middle east stage. Can be PLO and Fatah so Israel takes out Hamas or it can be hizbollah or it can be Iran or Syria. Somebody wants Gaza bombed so it can act in one way or another)
-- Hamas says rocket firing today was without approval of resistance and against national consent.
UPDATE 6:05 PM EDT --
According to Channel 13 News in Israel a decision has been made to respond MILITARILY to tonight’s rocket attack on TelAviv.
UPDATE 7:15 PM EDT --
Reports now coming in that Israeli air strikes are taking place NOW in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Defense Force CONFIRMS: "We have just started striking terror sites in Gaza. Details to follow."
UPDATE 9:02 PM EDT --
Heavy IDF strikes continue in Gaza. Numerous targets struck, several of them had already been targeted in strikes over recent weeks.
Israeli goverment declares a state of emergency in all towns surrounding Gaza in anticipation of any response from Hamas or Islamic Jihad.
--Heavy explosions now rocking western Gaza City after targets near the Khan Younis port and the Badr site in southern Gaza City were also hit 10 minutes ago.
-- IDF helicopters launch rockets on targets in Beit Lahiya in Northern Gaza.
Jaish al-Islam (Pro #ISIS) now publicly claiming responsibility for firing several rockets towards Tel Aviv. At least 2 Rockets exploded in the city without casualties. Others were intercepted by Iron Dome.
IAF now striking the “Oasis site” near Beit Lahia in north of Gaza City.
Israeli strikes on Gaza have moved further north. We are now seeing strikes around Gaza City.
-- Seven Hamas targets have been hit BADLY, including a naval force installation, a training facility, and a command post.
UPDATE 9:15 PM EDT --
-- Reports of rockets NOW being fired into Israel from Gaza!
DIRECT INTEL SOURCE ON THE GROUND IN GAZA REPORTS VIA SATCOM: "10 huge explosions just hit western Gaza, my ears are buzzing. Night is now day due to the sky lighting up from explosions."
Palestinian sources SAY there have been no casualties (YET) in tonight's Israeli strikes in Gaza so far. Medical staff in Gaza is on standby.
IDF now officially blaming Hamas for the attack. (they are the elected government in Gaza, it is their responsibility to control weapons/missiles.)
Hamas site near Rafah/Khan Younis in southern Gaza now hit by at least 4 missiles from Israeli F-16 warplanes.
IDF Official Confirmation: We can confirm that the rockets fired from Gaza at TelAviv earlier tonight were launched by the Hamas terrorist organization.
At least 3 Iron Dome Missile interceptions now above southern Israel near Gaza border communities.
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UPDATE 12:50 AM EDT MARCH 15 --
IDF says it struck 100 targets in Gaza
GUNMAN KILLS 27, INJURES 50+ IN NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE ATTACK! (Streamed his attack LIVE on Social Media . . . We HAVE that 16 Minute video! CLICK HERE