IDF jets carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip overnight, targeting targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the military said in a statement late Monday.
The IDF launched airstrikes at a number of locations on Monday, including the northern border with Egypt, a Hamas stronghold in Gaza, in response to Hamas rockets fired from inside Gaza over the past 24 hours, the IDF said.
The airstrikes were aimed at stopping Hamas’s rocket attacks, targeting Hamas military facilities, and destroying military infrastructure in Gaza.
Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets from the Gaza strip over the last month.
Earlier, in a tweet, the Israeli military said it had carried out strikes at the headquarters of Islamic Jihad in the southern Gaza Strip, near the Israeli border with Gaza.
The army also targeted the headquarters and command center of Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip.
The military said a number in the command center were wounded.
The air raid on the headquarters hit the command and control center of Islamic Group in the south Gaza Strip after the group launched a rocket at Israel from the area, the army said.
It was not immediately clear if there were casualties.
Hamas has carried out numerous rocket attacks into Israel, which has launched dozens of air strikes at its targets in the last year.
Israel has retaliated with airstrikes in recent days in response, but these have been mostly concentrated on targets of Hamas activity.
In a rare public rebuke of Hamas on Monday night, the Hamas military wing called on supporters to go to the beaches in the coastal strip to protest the killing of two Israeli soldiers.
Hossam al-Zahar, a spokesman for the armed wing, told Al Jazeera that Hamas will continue to target Israel, and that the group is “still on the path to victory” in the current conflict.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attacks as “unacceptable” and said Hamas has no intention of changing its tactics in the fight against Israel.
The rockets and mortar fire from Gaza are a direct threat to the security of the Israeli citizens, Netanyahu said.
Israel will continue its offensive in Gaza until Hamas abandons its terrorist activities, Netanyahu added.
Zionist leaders are expected to hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the latest escalation of the conflict in Gaza and a possible truce, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community to intervene to stop the escalating violence.