Tel Aviv: The Israeli military has detected about 370 rocket launches from Gaza at Israel since Monday evening, with approximately 100 rockets having been intercepted, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Tuesday.
The hostilities on the Israeli-Gaza border resumed after the Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks at Israel in revenge for seven militants killed during an Israeli special forces operation at the weekend.
"Since Gaza terror organizations began their widespread attack on Israeli civilians: approx. 370 rockets were launched from #Gaza at #Israel. Approx. 100 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system," the IDF wrote on Twitter.
The Israeli servicemen have hit about 150 targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the Palestinians' attacks, including militants' bases, armouries, underground tunnels, three governmental buildings used by the Hamas movement for military purposes and a vessel belonging to the Palestinian militants' naval units.
"In response to the 100s of rockets indiscriminately fired from #Gaza at #Israel, our fighter jets have been striking Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror targets throughout Gaza. Hamas will bear the consequences of its actions," the IDF added.
The Israeli military also announced it had carried out an airstrike against the headquarters of the Hamas internal security service, which, according to the IDF, was situated at a tower building disguised as Al Amal Hotel.
According to medics, at least three people were killed in air attacks on the Palestinian territory, while rocket launches at Israel claimed life of a man and caused injuries to over 50 people.
The relations between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border have been increasingly tense since 2005. The Gaza Strip is one of the two parts of the partially recognized State of Palestine, which until 2005 was Israeli territory. Palestinian protesters continue regular clashes with the Israeli troops on the border, while the Israeli side accuses Gaza of ongoing shelling.