The Israeli military has begun to target Hamas throughout the Gaza Strip, according to residents and the Israeli military.
According to Radio Hamas reports, the office of the leader Ismail Haniya was destroyed.
Residents of the northern part of the Gaza Strip reported Monday night that they had heard explosions. Local media reported that air strikes landed in an agricultural area east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera, reporting from the Gaza-Israel border, said several empty buildings related to Hamas were hit.
"We have seen several puffs of smoke from the skyline of Gaza appear behind us and we have seen confirmation from the Israeli military that these strikes have begun.
|Flames and smoke can be seen 19459006 Mahmud Hams / AFP]|
"From our colleagues in Gaza, we hear that the targets to date have been empty training camps associated with the military wing of Hamas […] also a base for the sea," said Fawcett.
Later he said a building "in the middle of the densely populated city of Gaza" had been "completely destroyed."
Ambulances were in place but before the biggest explosion that flattened the building, there may have been four small warning explosions that may have left the area. [19459006
Israel said it had destroys Hamas military intelligence headquarters.
The military action took place after a rocket allegedly fired from the Gaza Strip struck a house on Monday in central Israel and injured seven.
Israel blamed Hamas for the attack.
When asked if the group was responsible for the rocket launch against Israel on Monday, Hamas spokesman Abdullatif al-Kanoo said to Al Jazeera:
"The Israelis continue to presuppose a crippling siege on the Gaza Strip and practice all kinds of violence from aggression against Palestinians … Therefore, the Israeli occupation should bear the consequences of its actions against our people in Gaza and the West Bank and also in Jerusalem.
Hamas will not leave our people untouched … the resistance will be added Repulse demand. "
He condemned the Israeli response.
"The current Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip reflects its criminal nature, and the Palestinian resistance will not allow the occupation to suppress its people."
Warnings to Civilians
Hamas & # 39; Political Chief Haniya Called For Unity to Address Israeli Attacks
"The Palestinian cause is being attacked on various fronts – in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as in Israeli prisons
"We must face this attack with a united national front and in coordination with our Arab allies … Our people and the resistance will not surrender if the occupation crosses red lines. "Ashraf al-Qudrah, spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health, said hospitals and medical facilities across the range are ready to alert.
The Ministry of Health has also called on residents to take precautions when Israel launches strikes across Gaza. [19659011IsraelissuedasimilarwarningaboutanhourbeforeraidsbegantellingIsraresidentsoftheEliareopeningbombsheltersinanticipationofapossiblerocketfirefromtheGazaStrip
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is "very concerned about recent developments in Israel and the Gaza Strip and urges all sides According to UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric
The escalation takes place ten days after rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Tel Aviv – Hamas denied responsibility and Israel has long said that it is Hamas for a All violent acts from the Gaza Strip, which have been controlled by the group since 2007,
It was the first time the city had been targeted since a war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.
Israel said it has attacked 100 Hamas positions in the besieged Gaza Strip, which is home to more than two million Palestinians.
Since December 2008, Israel has launched three offensives against Gaza, one year after Hamas took control of the Strip.
The last war of 2014 severely damaged Gaza's already fragile infrastructure and called on the United Nations to warn that the Strip will be "uninhabitable" by 2020.
Tensions have been high since Palestinian protests began on the Israeli-Gaza border He protested against the right of return near the Israeli fence west of the Gaza Strip and called for an end to the 12-year siege.
The siege has destroyed the local economy, severely curtailing food imports and access to basic services. It also stopped the flow of building material.
Since the protests began a year ago as the Great March of Return, the Israeli military has killed more than 200 Palestinians.
About 60 More people have died in other incidents, including a fire change over the fence. Two Israeli soldiers were killed by a Palestinian fire.
Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations are now trying to negotiate a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but these efforts need to be reconciled.
USA Israel's relations "unbreakable"
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in a White House press conference shortly after raids began with US President Donald Trump.
Netanyahu said that Israel is "daring" to "arbitrarily" respond to aggression. "
" We will do everything we can to defend our people and defend our state, "he added, adding that he would be Break off meetings to return to Israel.
Trump described the attack on Tel Aviv as "despicable," saying that the United States "recognizes Israel's absolute right to defend itself" and describes the alliance between the US and Israel "Unbreakable." Trump signed a proclamation formally recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a move that reversed decades of US policy.
The recognition is expected to provide a boost to Netanyahu next month Israeli presidential elections will be re-elected.
An Israeli Apache helicopter triggers torches while flying over the Gaza Strip flies [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]
Further coverage by Maram Humaid in Gaza