Israel launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip and deployed extra troops to the border on Monday, promising a strong response to the longest-range Palestinian rocket attack to cause casualties in years, ONA reports quoting Reuters.
Seven Israelis were wounded near Tel Aviv by the morning rocket attack. The Gaza health ministry said five Palestinians were wounded by the initial wave of retaliatory strikes.
Dozens of explosions rocked the coastal enclave and ambulance sirens echoed through the night.
In one Gaza neighborhood, people rushed to buy bread in anticipation of a long escalation. The office of Islamist movement Hamas’s leader Ismail Haniyeh was one of the initial targets hit, although he was likely to have been evacuated in advance.