The terrorist group says it fired 130 rockets towards Tel Aviv and its suburbs.

By Alexander Smith, Lawahez Jabari and Paul Goldman

Hamas has launched a rocket attack on Tel Aviv, with a direct hit on a building leaving at least one person dead, according to Israeli media reports.

Pictured: Rockets are launched from Gaza city, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, in response to an Israeli air strike on a 12-storey building in the city, towards the coastal city of Tel Aviv, on May 11, 2021

Residents ran to air raid shelters and sirens blared as explosions broke out across the city on Tuesday evening.

Hamas said in a statement it had fired 130 rockets towards Tel Aviv and its suburbs as weeks of tensions with Israel escalated into some of the most violent scenes since the war of 2014.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the terrorist group “will pay a heavy price for their belligerence”, while his defence minister warned that “buildings will continue to crumble in Gaza”.

The targeted attack on the building took place in the suburb of Holon, killing a 50-year-old Israeli woman, according to local medics.

More than 150 rockets were fired from the Palestinian Gaza Strip into Israeli retaliation

It saw the temporary closure of Israel’s main Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, which reopened around 10pm local time.

The energy pipeline connecting Eilat and Ashkelon was also hit by the rocket strikes, Israel’s Channel 12 TV reported.

An elderly Israeli woman and her carer, who was an Indian national, had already been confirmed dead in Hamas airstrikes on houses in the city of Ashkelon on Tuesday.

An Israeli app that monitors rocket fire shows the extent of the attack in Tel Aviv

The deaths came after Israeli fighter jets, attack helicopters and drones hit more than 130 “Hamas military targets” inside Gaza, including the home of a Hamas commander, according to the Israeli military.

Thirty-five Palestinians, including 10 children, died as a result according to the health ministry, with a 13-storey building collapsing after another nearby strike.

The attacks were in retaliation to a barrage of rockets, including six that landed close to Jerusalem, which were fired into Israel from Gaza on Monday.

A bus is seen burnt out after the strikes in Holon, near Tel Aviv. Pic: AP
Pictured: Smoke rises from the streets of Gaza after Israeli air strikes were launched amid tit-for-tat strikes against Hamas

Hamas said on Tuesday that it will “not stop its resistance action as long as the Israeli occupation continues its aggression against the Palestinians”.

The militant group said it would retaliate at 6pm on Monday if the demands were not met.

At just after 6pm explosions were heard in Jerusalem as the Hamas rockets landed eight miles (13km) to the west of the city.

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