The IDF carried out a second round of retaliatory strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday evening, after a rocket landed in southern Israel in the morning and an IDF patrol near the border was fired on.
The military said, however, that airstrikes were in response to incidents over the past month, not only for Monday’s incidents.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel would not tolerate a “drizzle” of rocket attacks from the Hamas-ruled enclave.
“My policy is to respond strongly to any rocket fire,” Mr. Netanyahu said from London, where he was holding talks with Britain’s leaders. “We are firm in this response.”
On Monday evening, Israeli aircraft attacked “three terrorist infrastructures belonging to the Hamas terrorist group” in Gaza, the IDF said, though it did not give out details. Gaza-based media said that Hamas positions in Gaza City, Khan Younis and Juhor ad-Dik were hit in the second round of attacks.
Gazan health ministry spokesperson Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra said two Palestinians were injured by shrapnel in Khan Younis, but did not say how serious the injuries were.
Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem also called on regional and international authorities to curb Israel’s “aggression.”