Hamas aims at Jerusalem, Israel calls reserves

  • Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • An Israeli Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Ahikam Seri)

An Israeli Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Ahikam Seri)
  • Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
  • A Palestinian man walks past a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a wood factory in east Jabaliya, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israel offered to suspend its offensive in the Gaza Strip on Friday during a brief visit by Egypt's premier there if militants refrain from firing rockets at Israel, an official said, but the Palestinians unleashed a fresh salvo. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)A Palestinian man walks past a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a wood factory in east Jabaliya, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israel offered to suspend its offensive in the Gaza Strip on Friday during a brief visit by Egypt's premier there if militants refrain from firing rockets at Israel, an official said, but the Palestinians unleashed a fresh salvo. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Israeli soldiers with armored vehicles gather in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)Israeli soldiers with armored vehicles gather in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
  • Israeli police detain a Palestinian demonstrator as scuffles broke out between Israeli troops and Muslim worshippers prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for prayers, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israeli police was on high alert on Friday to prevent clashes following Friday prayers. (AP Photo/Omer Miron)Israeli police detain a Palestinian demonstrator as scuffles broke out between Israeli troops and Muslim worshippers prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for prayers, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israeli police was on high alert on Friday to prevent clashes following Friday prayers. (AP Photo/Omer Miron)
  • Relatives and friends mourn during the funeral of Palestinian child Faris Basyoni in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Basyoni was killed after an Israeli airstrike hit his family house, according to relatives. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)Relatives and friends mourn during the funeral of Palestinian child Faris Basyoni in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Basyoni was killed after an Israeli airstrike hit his family house, according to relatives. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Relatives and friends carry the body of Palestinian Uday Nasser during his funeral in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Relatives say Nasser was killed after an Israeli airstrike hit his family house. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)Relatives and friends carry the body of Palestinian Uday Nasser during his funeral in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Relatives say Nasser was killed after an Israeli airstrike hit his family house. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Israeli military reservists arrive at a gathering point in Mishmar Hanegev, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. The Israeli government approved on Thursday the mobilization of up to 30,000 reservists for a possible ground incursion into Gaza.(AP Photo/Ilan Assayag)Israeli military reservists arrive at a gathering point in Mishmar Hanegev, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. The Israeli government approved on Thursday the mobilization of up to 30,000 reservists for a possible ground incursion into Gaza.(AP Photo/Ilan Assayag)
  • A Palestinian man inspects the damage to a mosque after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israel offered to suspend its offensive in the Gaza Strip on Friday during a brief visit by Egypt's premier there if militants refrain from firing rockets at Israel, an official said, but the Palestinians unleashed a fresh salvo. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)A Palestinian man inspects the damage to a mosque after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israel offered to suspend its offensive in the Gaza Strip on Friday during a brief visit by Egypt's premier there if militants refrain from firing rockets at Israel, an official said, but the Palestinians unleashed a fresh salvo. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Israeli soldiers work on their a tanks in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Israeli soldiers work on their a tanks in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
  • Israeli police detain a Palestinian demonstrator as scuffles broke out between Israeli troops and Muslim worshippers prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for prayers, in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israeli police was on high alert on Friday to prevent clashes following Friday prayers.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)Israeli police detain a Palestinian demonstrator as scuffles broke out between Israeli troops and Muslim worshippers prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for prayers, in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israeli police was on high alert on Friday to prevent clashes following Friday prayers.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
  • Israeli police and Muslim worshippers who were prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for prayers, scuffle in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israeli police was on high alert on Friday to prevent clashes following Friday prayers. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean),Israeli police and Muslim worshippers who were prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for prayers, scuffle in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Israeli police was on high alert on Friday to prevent clashes following Friday prayers. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean),
  • An Israeli soldiers throws tear gas at Palestinian protestors, not seen, during a protest against Israel's military operations, in the West Bank village of Beit Omar near Hebron, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. On the third day of an Israeli military operation against the Gaza strip, Israel overnight targeted dozens of sites it said Gaza gunmen were using to fire rockets. The Israeli offensive has not deterred the militants from firing more than 400 rockets aimed at southern Israel since Wednesday, the military said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)An Israeli soldiers throws tear gas at Palestinian protestors, not seen, during a protest against Israel's military operations, in the West Bank village of Beit Omar near Hebron, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. On the third day of an Israeli military operation against the Gaza strip, Israel overnight targeted dozens of sites it said Gaza gunmen were using to fire rockets. The Israeli offensive has not deterred the militants from firing more than 400 rockets aimed at southern Israel since Wednesday, the military said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
  • Palestinian women cry during the funeral of Tahrer Salman and Mohammed Salman in Beit Lahia, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.  According to relatives, the two members of the Salman family were killed after an Israeli airstrike hit the yard of their house. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Palestinian women cry during the funeral of Tahrer Salman and Mohammed Salman in Beit Lahia, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. According to relatives, the two members of the Salman family were killed after an Israeli airstrike hit the yard of their house. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Palestinians prepare to bury the bodies of Tahrer Salman and Mohammed Salman in Beit Lahia, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. According to relatives, the two members of the Salman family were killed after an Israeli airstrike hit the yard of their house. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Palestinians prepare to bury the bodies of Tahrer Salman and Mohammed Salman in Beit Lahia, north Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. According to relatives, the two members of the Salman family were killed after an Israeli airstrike hit the yard of their house. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Palestinian Khaled Tafesh cries outside the morgue of Shifa Hospital before taking the dead body of his 10-month-old infant in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. According to hospital reports, Haneen Tafesh died from wounds of an earlier Israeli strike. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Palestinian Khaled Tafesh cries outside the morgue of Shifa Hospital before taking the dead body of his 10-month-old infant in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. According to hospital reports, Haneen Tafesh died from wounds of an earlier Israeli strike. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Israeli soldiers run toward Palestinians throwing stones, during clashes in the West Bank village of Al-Jalameh after a march against the Israeli military operations in Gaza strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)Israeli soldiers run toward Palestinians throwing stones, during clashes in the West Bank village of Al-Jalameh after a march against the Israeli military operations in Gaza strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
  • A Palestinian man picks up a binder from the debris after an Israeli air strike on the building of Hamas' Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)A Palestinian man picks up a binder from the debris after an Israeli air strike on the building of Hamas' Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike on the building of Hamas' Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike on the building of Hamas' Ministry of Interior in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Debris in a kitchen of a house after a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza hit in a community near the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Debris in a kitchen of a house after a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza hit in a community near the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
  • Smoke rises following an Israeli attack in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)Smoke rises following an Israeli attack in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)
  • A Palestinian holds a green Islamic flag during clashes with Israeli troops at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)A Palestinian holds a green Islamic flag during clashes with Israeli troops at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
  • Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a wood factory in east Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a wood factory in east Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a wood factory in east Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a wood factory in east Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
  • An Israeli woman stands outside a damaged house hit by a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip that hit a house near the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)An Israeli woman stands outside a damaged house hit by a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip that hit a house near the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
  • An Israeli woman walks through a damaged house hit by a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip the hit a house near the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)An Israeli woman walks through a damaged house hit by a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip the hit a house near the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
  • Palestinians stand on the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)Palestinians stand on the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
  • ** File ** A Palestinian Hamas militant walks in the rubble of the southern Gaza Strip, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)** File ** A Palestinian Hamas militant walks in the rubble of the southern Gaza Strip, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
  • A Palestinian child walks through a damaged mosque after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) A Palestinian child walks through a damaged mosque after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Palestinians inspect the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)Palestinians inspect the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
  • Palestinian children walk through a damaged mosque after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) Palestinian children walk through a damaged mosque after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
  • Israeli security forces search for a rocket thought to have been fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Hamas rocket squads targeted Israel's self-declared capital Jerusalem for the first time Friday, along with commercial hub Tel Aviv, showing off their expanded reach with what they said are Gaza-made projectiles being fired for the first time. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)Israeli security forces search for a rocket thought to have been fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Hamas rocket squads targeted Israel's self-declared capital Jerusalem for the first time Friday, along with commercial hub Tel Aviv, showing off their expanded reach with what they said are Gaza-made projectiles being fired for the first time. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
  • Israeli soldiers with armored vehicles gather in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)Israeli soldiers with armored vehicles gather in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Fierce clashes between Israeli forces and Gaza militants are continuing for the third day.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
  • Smoke rises following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Smoke rises following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas rocket squads aimed at Jerusalem for the first time Friday, along with commercial hub Tel Aviv, showing off their expanded reach as Israeli airstrikes pounded the Palestinian territory for a third day. Israel called up 16,000 reservists, moving a step closer to a possible ground offensive in the Palestinian territory.

Air raid sirens sounded in the two cities which — unlike population centers in Israel’s south — had not been exposed to rocket fire from Hamas-ruled Gaza before the current round of cross-border fighting. No injuries were reported, but Hamas‘ latest attempts to hit Israel’s heartland could push Israel closer to sending ground troops into Gaza.

Over the past three days, Israel has relentlessly pounded suspected rocket launching sites and other Hamas targets in Gaza with scores of airstrikes, while Hamas has fired more than 450 rockets toward Israel. The overall death toll rose to 30 — 27 Palestinians and three Israelis.

The Islamic militant group was badly bruised during its last full-fledged confrontation with Israel four years ago that ended with an informal truce, although rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes on militant operations continued sporadically. The Islamic militant group appeared better prepared this time with a more powerful arsenal.

Just a few years ago, Palestinian rockets were limited to crude, homemade devices manufactured in Gaza. But in recent years, Hamas and other armed groups have smuggled in sophisticated, longer-range rockets from Iran and Libya, which has been flush with weapons since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted last year.

Most of the rockets do not have guided systems, limiting their accuracy, though Israeli officials believe the militants may have a small number of guided missiles that have not yet been deployed.

Hamas said the two rockets aimed at the two Israeli cities Friday were made in Gaza, a prototype the militants call M-75, and have a range of about 80 kilometers (50 miles).

The air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem after the start of the Jewish Sabbath in the holy city, claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians as a capital and located about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Gaza. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket landed in an open area southeast of the city.

Earlier Friday, Gaza militants fired toward Tel Aviv and an explosion was heard in the city, but no injuries were reported. Hamas had first targeted Tel Aviv on Thursday, an unprecedented achievement for the group.

“We are sending a short and simple message: There is no security for any Zionist on any single inch of Palestine and we plan more surprises,” Abu Obeida, spokesman for the Hamas militant wing, said of the rockets aimed at Israel’s two main cities.

A senior Hamas official said that Egypt, which often mediates between Hamas and Israel, was working behind the scenes to arrange a truce.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing a sensitive diplomatic matter, said Hamas was demanding an end to the offensive, limits on Israeli ground activities along the border, a permanent halt in assassinations of Hamas leaders and an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

“These conditions must be honored and sponsored by a third party,” he said. “We will stop all armed activities out of Gaza in return.”

Israel is unlikely to accept some of the demands, particularly a permanent halt to military operations against Hamas.

An Israeli official refused to say whether Egypt or any other country was involved in cease-fire efforts but said Israel would not settle for anything less than a complete and longstanding halt to the rocket fire. “We’re not interested in a timeout that returns us to square one,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the matter with the press.

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