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. 

Israeli Iron Dome missiles target incoming rockets from Gaza over the city of Jerusalem.
Israeli Iron Dome missiles target incoming rockets from Gaza over the city of Jerusalem. (Video screenshot)

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that seven members of one family were killed in an explosion, but the origin of that explosion was still unclear. 

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said that more than 90 percent of the rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Further, he added that many of the civilian casualties in Gaza could be the result of misfired Hamas rockets and not from Israeli airstrikes.

“Thirty-three percent of the rockets fell short and exploded inside Gaza, an abnormally high misfire rate, maybe indicating poor quality,” Lt Col Conricus said. “Hamas rockets are falling short and causing damage inside Gaza…. we know they are falling short because of our radar systems.”