Several airstrikes rocked Gaza The Israeli military said it had retaliated with 15 airstrikes to the latest rocket attacks, hitting military sites for Hamas
ISRAELI forces continued striking targets across the Gaza Strip through Tuesday, including the offices of Hamas’ supreme leader, in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory, as the military bolstered its troops and rocket-defense systems in anticipation of a new round of heavy fighting with the Islamic militant group.
Israel opened public bomb shelters in most major cities and civil defense authorities canceled sports events and public transportation in southern Israel. The Israeli army said at least 30 rockets had been fired into Israel, as air raid sirens wailed across southern Israel late Monday night. The army said nearly all of the rockets were either intercepted or landed in open areas.
“Israel will not tolerate this. I will not tolerate this,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared during a White House meeting with President Donald Trump. “Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression,” he said. “We will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state.” The Israeli military said it had retaliated with 15 airstrikes to the latest rocket attacks, hitting military sites for Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad group. Gaza’s health ministry said seven Palestinians were injured in the fresh bombings. Ahead of the Israeli airstrikes, Hamas’ leadership went into hiding.