March 14 (UPI) -- Israeli airstrikes hit 100 Hamas targets throughout Gaza Thursday night in retaliation to two rockets fired earlier at central Israel from the Palestinian-controlled area along the country's western coast, the Israel Defense Forces said.
Attack helicopters and warplanes launched airstrikes on Hamas underground rocket manufacturing sites and unmanned aerial aircraft, among other targets, it said.
It also targeted the headquarters in the Rimal neighborhood of central Gaza, which is where Hamas directs its organization in Judea and Samaria, the Jerusalem Post reported.
We hit 100 Hamas military targets in Gaza in response to the rockets they fired at Israeli civilians. Among them:— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 15, 2019
• Underground rocket manufacturing site
• HQ responsible for orchestrating Hamas terrorism in Judea & Samaria
• Hamas center of unmanned aerial aircraft#StopHamas pic.twitter.com/Iy3DwpNpTU
"Is this what you want for your people?" U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblat asked Hamas and terrorist organization in Gaza via Twitter. "You're the cause of this misery. You choose violence. You're ruining lives day after day after day. No one else. Time to choose something else."
There have been no reported fatalities, only one man and one woman were wounded, the Gaza Health Ministry said.
Following the start of the Israeli air strikes, incoming rocket sirens blared in Israeli communities along Gaza.
Two rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the IDF said.
Earlier Thursday, two rockets were fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv, setting off emergency sirens in the capital for the first time since Israel conducted a large scale military operation in Gaza in 2014.
The Iron Dome missile defense system was activated by the rocket fire but was not fire as they fell in open territory, The Jerusalem Post reported.
IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the military wasn't immediately sure who fired the rockets and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza said it played no role.
However, following the start of Israel's airstrikes against Gaza, the IDF confirmed via Twitter that the rockets were those of Hamas.
"We can confirm that rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv earlier tonight were launched by the Hama terrorist organization," it said in a tweet.
No damage or injuries were immediately reported following the Hamas rockets, but several Israelis were treated for shock.
A Palestinian source in Gaza told Haaretz the rockets were fired from the northern section of the enclave.
A total of four rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel, three of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
Prior to the airstrikes on Gaza late Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, held an emergency security consultation at army headquarters in Tel Aviv.
An Egyptian security delegation also departed Gaza at Israel's request after the rockets were fired.
The Israel Police said it wouldn't take special precautionary measures unless instructed to do so by the government.
Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion both announced they planned to open public shelters and reports from Gaza stated that Hamas had begun evacuating military posts, anticipating retaliatory strikes from Israel.
The attacks come as the April 9 election nears and security has been a hot topic as tensions between the two warring sides have been ratcheting up with the most recent incident occurring last Saturday when a ballistic was launched from Gaza at Israel.