The violence between Israel, Hamas, and Palestinian Jihad reached unprecedented levels on Monday as over 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel with many of them aimed at Jerusalem. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) responded by hitting over 130 targets inside Gaza.
Most of the rockets fired by Palestinians landed in southern Israel. Five civilians were reported injured and one died in Ashkelon as two residential buildings suffered direct hits, early on Tuesday morning. Hamas and Palestinian Jihad released videos showing the rockets being fired.
The IAF responded with airstrikes from bombers and helicopter gunships, hitting more than 130 targets inside of Gaza, including rocket manufacturing facilities, storage facilities, training facilities, and military bases. IAF claims that the airstrikes killed 15 Hamas and Palestinian Jihad fighters. Gazan leaders said that 22 civilians, including nine children, were killed.
Special targets hit by the IAF included a Hamas intelligence operations center in southern Gaza, two terrorist-attack tunnels near the Israeli border, in which several Hamas fighters retreated to, and the home of the Hamas battalion commander in a high-rise building.