Israel's military has confirmed it was attacking so-called "terror sites" in Gaza.
Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border.
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The initial blasts from the Israeli airstrikes in southern Gaza were so powerful that smoke could be seen in Gaza City, 25 kilometres (15 miles) to the north.
The usual suspects - Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad - each denied their respective terror groups were behind the projectile attacks. No casualties were reported.
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"The World Jewish Congress and our affiliated communities in more than 100 countries stand with all Israelis tonight who are contending with another round of frightening missile fire emanating from Gaza", Singer said. Israel holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all fire out of the territory.
Shortly after midnight, Israeli jets and helicopters attacked dozens of sites in Gaza belonging to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group, Hamas sources said.
The rockets set off Israel's Iron Dome interceptor missiles, but the IDF has not reported that any of the Hamas rockets were shot down.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure.
The incident immediately played into the campaign for an election in Israel on April 9 in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term on the strength of his security credentials.
The IDF estimates that the two rockets launched by Hamas into metropolitan Tel Aviv was made in error, and Hamas did not intend to carry out an attack.
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The escalation on Thursday followed a day of unrest in Gaza, where Hamas, the militant group that controls the Palestinian enclave, had forcibly put down demonstrations against deteriorating living conditions.
Following the Israeli airstrike, several additional rounds of rocket fire were launched into Israel. Smaller flare-ups have occurred sporadically since Israel and Hamas fought their last war, in 2014.
Calm was restored by mid-morning as an Egyptian delegation mediated between Israel and Palestinian factions, a Palestinian official said. The Egyptians left Gaza late Thursday.
More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Gaza during that war, majority civilians, along with 66 Israeli soldiers and seven civilians in Israel.
Danon slammed Hamas saying it uses civilians "as human shields" and that "a terrorist organization that tries to harm Israel will encounter a relentless and uncompromising force".
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