The Israeli army carried out at least 30 airstrikes and artillery attacks Tuesday on several areas of the Gaza Strip, according to the government’s media office in the Strip.
“More than 20 Israeli airstrikes and 10 artillery shelling have been marked in different parts of the enclave since early Tuesday,” it said in a statement.
Targets included agricultural lands, residential buildings and a number of sites of Palestinian factions.
Israeli forces killed a top Islamic Jihad commander in an air raid on his home in Gaza City, threatening to unleash another devastating round of violence.
Shortly after the attack, salvos of rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel, with sirens wailing across central and southern parts of the country. Medical sources said dozens of Israelis were treated.
Israel says air and ground forces hit sites used by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) group. More than 150 rockets have been fired at Israel.
Violence escalated after Israel killed PIJ commander Baha Abu al-Ata. Four more Palestinians were also killed.
In response to the rocket barrage, dozens of air strikes were launched on Gaza, killing at least 10 Palestinians and injuring about 40 others.