A rocket being launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel on November 17
A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows a rocket being launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel on November 17, 2012. Sirens sounded across Tel Aviv for a fourth straight day on Sunday, AFP correspondents said, as Israeli police confirmed two rockets had been intercepted over the city by the Iron Dome defence system. © Menahem Kahana - AFP
A rocket being launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel on November 17
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Last updated: November 18, 2012

Two rockets intercepted as Hamas targets Tel Aviv

The Israeli army said Sunday it has killed a senior Hamas operative in Gaza who was responsible for the movement's rocket operations.

An army spokesman identified the Palestinian as Yehia Bia, who was killed in one of the northern neighbourhoods of Gaza City that experienced the brunt of Israeli attacks on Sunday.

"We can confirm a direct hit," the army spokesman said by telephone.

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said Bia was "the commander of the (Hamas) rocket units" whom the Israeli forces had "intercepted and killed."

The Israeli army said that 544 rockets had struck various parts of Israel since hostilities between the two sides intensified Wednesday with the killing of the Hamas movement's military leader in Gaza.

Officials said an additional 302 rockets had been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system and that more fell into the Mediterranean Sea as well as on Gaza itself.

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