22 killed as Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation after Hamas rocket barrage.
Israel launched deadly air strikes on Gaza Monday in response to a barrage of rockets fired by Hamas and other Palestinian militants, amid spiraling violence sparked by unrest at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
In the air strikes, At least 22 people were killed, including nine children and a senior Hamas commander, and 65 others wounded, Gaza authorities said.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had said that Hamas crossed a “red line” by directing missiles towards Jerusalem and that the Jewish state would “respond with force”
“We will not tolerate attacks on our territory, our capital, our citizens and our soldiers. Those who attack us will pay a heavy price,” said Netanyahu, who held meetings with the heads of the army and the Shin Bet security agency.
“We have started, and I repeat started, to attack military targets in Gaza. We have made preparations for various scenarios, including high intensity ones… Hamas will get the message,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.
The military said it had targeted “two rocket launchers, two military posts”, a tunnel and eight Hamas operatives in Gaza.
Israel has responded with 130 strikes carried out by fighter jets and attack helicopters on military targets in the enclave, killing 15 commanders from Hamas, and of the group Islamic Jihad, Conricus told reporters
Hamas sources confirmed to AFP that one of their commanders, Mohammed Fayyad, had been killed.