The Israeli military said seven people were injured as it conducted dozens of strikes on Hamas targets on Monday throughout the coastal enclave, 12 hours after projectile hits house in central Israel, The Times of Israel reported.
The bombs, which also targeted office of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, came in response to a rocket fired from the coastal enclave against a home in central Israel, leaving seven injured, the report added.
As the bombing campaign was ongoing, dozens of mortar shells and rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel, triggering air raid sirens throughout the region, the Israeli Defense Minister was cited by the report.
“In the attack, military bases, the entrances to tunnels used for weapons smuggling, observation posts and rocket launchpads were bombed,” the IDF said.
The report indicated Israeli fears that violence will ramp up this week, with Hamas hoping to draw hundreds of thousands of rioters to the fence at the weekend to mark a year of so-called March of Return protests, which began March 30, 2018.
“In light of a security assessment and as part of efforts to improve preparedness, the Gaza Division decided to close off some areas and roads near the [Gaza] security fence. In addition, it was decided to halt farm work in the fields adjacent to the security fence,” the army said in a statement