The IDF carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war today, Shabbos Kodesh, as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border, the AP reports.
Three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home. Israel said it was focused on hitting terrorist targets and was warning Gaza civilians to keep their distance from certain sites.
“The Israeli army delivered its most painful strike against Hamas since the 2014 war and we will increase the strength of our attacks as much as necessary,” Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the latest Israeli attack struck some 40 Hamas targets including tunnels, logistical centers and a Hamas battalion headquarters. He said the escalation was the result of the sustained Hamas rocket attacks, its fomenting of violence along the border and its campaign of launching incendiary kites and balloons that have devastated Israeli farmlands and nature reserves.