March 25, 2019 / 3:50 PM / a month ago

Israeli military says has begun striking Hamas in Gaza

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Monday it had begun carrying out strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a Palestinian rocket hit a house near Tel Aviv.

Reuters witnesses heard explosions in Gaza.

The military said in a statement that it had “begun striking Hamas terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip.”

One position hit was a Hamas naval position west of Gaza City, and a another was a large Hamas training camp in northern Gaza, Palestinian security officials and Hamas media outlets said.

Both positions were likely to have been evacuated, as Hamas had hours of notice that Israeli strikes were coming.

Witnesses said three missiles hit the northern target.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised a strong response to the rocket attack earlier in the day that injured seven Israelis.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch and Nidal al-Mughrabi, Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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