Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned that Hamas will regret it if it does not cease hostilities.
"We have been through a stormy weekend. With regards to the rest of the week, it is important to emphasize that we have no intention of tolerating this — not rockets, not kites, not drones — nothing. I hope that Hamas has drawn conclusions, and if they do not reach a conclusion, they will need to pay a heavy price," Lieberman noted.
Over the last hour, IDF fighter jets targeted dozens of military targets in four Hamas military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip. The focus of the wide-scale strike was a Hamas Battalion HQ in Beit Lahia pic.twitter.com/nDIxRA4ovn— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 14 июля 2018 г.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Hamas had been hit "substantially and hard" and vowed that the Palestinian militants would suffer the consequences of attacking Israel.
"Our policy is clear: Whoever hurts us, we will hit them with great strength. This is what we did yesterday. The IDF dealt Hamas the harshest blow since Operation Protective Edge. I hope that they got the message; if not, they will get it later," the prime minister stated at a weekly cabinet meeting.
According to the IDF, some 200 rockets and missiles were fired by Hamas at Israeli areas near the Gaza Strip over the weekend. Israeli forces were unable to intercept all of them, with dozens of people being injured as a result of the strikes.
Over the last 15 hours civilians in these cities heard more than 141 red alert sirens as more than 60 rockets rained down on southern Israel pic.twitter.com/jjq19DSmOt— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 14 июля 2018 г.
During the riots, Palestinians used balloons and kites to drop incendiaries on Israeli territory.
In turn, the Israeli side has been using lethal force to suppress the rallies, citing security concerns and putting the blame for the escalation on Hamas.