YNet News reports:
Israel Defense Forces troops began attacking Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip on Monday evening, a little over 12 hours after a rocket attributed to the terror group hit a home in the center of the country, wounding seven people.
The military confirmed the start of the operation at around 5:45pm, saying that its forces were “striking Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.”
The wave of attacks by Israeli warplanes in the Gaza Strip on Monday evening were just the first stage of what will be a broad operation, the IDF spokesman told Ynet.
“We are just at the beginning,” Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said. “A large attack is planned. I think that Hamas understands this is a significant strike (following) a serious incident, and ultimately, this is a price that Hamas has been accruing for the past year.”
At around 7pm, the army said its warplanes had attacked a three-story building in central Gaza that served as the secret headquarters of Hamas, housing the terror group’s security and general branches.
Palestinians in Gaza said that the IDF had attacked Hamas’ large “Ashkelon” position as well as targets along the coast in the northern Strip, which is under the control of Hamas’ naval force.
Gazans also reported attacks in the Rafah area of the southern Strip, close to the border with Egypt.
We have just targeted Hamas’ secret military intelligence HQ in Gaza.
The context for this strike: Last night, Hamas fired a rocket 75 miles into Israel. The rocket destroyed a house and wounded seven people, including children.
We will defend our homes. pic.twitter.com/AIWV1tn8V2
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019