The AFP reports that Israel launched deadly air strikes on Gaza on Monday in retaliation to a series of missiles fired by Hamas and other Palestinian militants, in growing tension sparked by unrest at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
No less than 20 people have been killed, among then nine children, a elderly Hamas commander, with 65 others wounded, authorities in Gaza said.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel cautioned that Hamas had crossed a red line after directing missiles towards Jerusalem and his country would retaliate forcefully.
“We will not tolerate attacks on our territory, our capital, our citizens and our soldiers. Those who attack us will pay a heavy price,” said Netanyahu.
The Prime sounded the warnings at meetings with the heads of the army and the Shin Bet security agency.