Israel launched a strike on Gaza after Hamas launched close to 200 rockets and mortars into Israel over the weekend.

Israeli Security

“The focus of the attack is a wide-scale strike of the Hamas Battalion HQ in Beit Lahia.  That includes urban warfare training facilities, weapon storage warehouse, training compounds, command centers, offices and more,” the IDF said in a statement.

“In addition, a weapons manufacturing site and storage facilities housing various types of weapons.  That includes Hamas’ naval capabilities that were struck,” it said.

The Air Force strike on Gaza also attacked a terrorist cell that launched mortars. Palestinian media said the IDF shelled the home of a senior Islamic Jihad leader, but the Army did not confirm the report.

The IDF spokesman said that the aim of the strike on Gaza was to “restore a sense of security.”  The military would “respond as necessary” to a wide range of scenarios.

Hamas is Responsible

According to IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the operation had three aims: To end the incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza, end the large-scale border protests, and end the rocket and mortar fire.

“There are three factors occurring that we view seriously and cannot allow to continue,” he said, adding that this was the largest daytime Israeli strike on Gaza since the 2014 Gaza War.

The army said it held Hamas responsible for all violence emanating from Gaza, which the terror group has ruled since 2007.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for the events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it.  Hamas will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty.” the army said.  They added that “the IDF views Hamas’ terror activity with great severity and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”