The Israeli military unleashed another heavy wave of airstrikes late Monday into Tuesday morning across the Gaza Strip, demolishing a host of terrorist tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders. Sixty-two fighter jets dropped 110 “guided armaments” on 65 targets in the retaliatory strikes.
The precision aerial bombing destroyed the five-story building housing the Hamas-run Religious Affairs Ministry, a building Israel said housed the main operations center of Hamas’ internal security forces.
It’s 4:00 AM in #Gaza after a short calm during Monday night, warplanes launch over 30 air strikes in western part of #Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip, targeting #Hamas security sites, infrastructure and main roads, credit Masdr news agency pic.twitter.com/jJxvENRPPT
— Rushdi Abualouf (@Rushdibbc) May 18, 2021
Hamas terrorists also fired volleys of rockets into southern Israel overnight by way of a response, however “their attacks have slowed in recent days as the Israeli military has pummeled their underground tunnel networks and launch sites,” the Washington Post reported.
“The Israeli military said 62 fighter jets had dropped 110 ‘guided armaments’ on 65 targets, including Hamas commanders, rocket launchpads and the militant group’s tunnel network.”
Israel also killed a top Gaza leader of Islamic Jihad, another terror group the Israeli military blamed for some of the thousands of rocket attacks launched at Israel in recent days.
Israel said its strikes destroyed nine miles of tunnels used by militants.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with top security officials on Monday evening and later said Israel would “continue to strike terror targets” in Gaza. “We will continue to operate as long as necessary in order to return calm and security to all Israeli citizens,” he said.
The new airstrikes hollowed out one floor of a multistory concrete building and killed five people.
AP contributed to this report