Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement has claimed that one of its home-made missiles hit Tel Aviv on Wednesday night. It is the first time since the beginning of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that Palestinian rockets have hit the economic capital of Israel.
Tel Aviv is 75km from the Gaza Strip and was occupied by the Israelis in 1948. As more than 400,000 Israeli live there, Israeli officials have warned that any Palestinian attack against the city will be considered as an unprecedented escalation in the conflict.
A statement from Al-Qassam, published on its website, said: “The attack on Tel-al-Rabei’ [Tel Aviv] is a primary response to the Israeli crimes against the Gaza Strip which have resulted in dozens of fatalities and hundreds wounded, including Ahmed Al-Jabari.”
The group pledged to make the life of Zionists “hell”. “They will regret ever thinking about assassinating our leader,” said the group.