(ETH) – Israeli warplanes have reportedly unleashed a new series of airstrikes at several locations throughout Gaza City early on Monday, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers would continue to rage on.
According to the Associated Press, Explosions struck the city from north to south for at least 10 minutes in an attack that was greater, on a wider area and lasted much longer than a series of air raids 24 hours earlier in which 42 Palestinians were killed and was deemed the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas.
The Israeli airstrikes reportedly leveled three buildings. Netanyahu was heard making a televised address on Sunday stating that Israel’s attacks were continuing at “full-force” and would “take time.“ Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on the Hamas militant group, he said, flanked by his defense minister and political rival, Benny Gantz, in a show of unity.
Meanwhile, Hamas also launching rockets from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel where one rocket struck a synagogue in the southern city of Ashkelon hours before evening services for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Israeli emergency services said. No injuries were reported.