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Hamas launches rockets against Israel moments into new year

From CNN’s Mohammed Tawfeeq, Amir Tal, Peter Rudden, Garrett Hutchins and Elizabeth Joseph

Israel intercepted at least 12 rockets fired from Gaza just minutes into the start of 2024, according to a CNN team in Tel Aviv that witnessed the attack.

Sirens were heard across the southern and central Israel regions.

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, published a statement claiming they had bombarded Tel Aviv with a barrage of “M90” rockets at midnight local time.

The Israel Defense Forces early on Monday acknowledged the rocket fire in a post on social media.

“New year, same Hamas terrorism. While 129 Israelis are still being held captive by Hamas in Gaza, Hamas also decided to start 2024 by launching a barrage of rockets at Israel. There is no ‘happy’ New Year until they are all home,” the IDF said.

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