Palestinians says some 30 missiles fired at targets along Strip's coast, destroying several Hamas compounds; medical officials say at least 150 people killed, 300 wounded; Islamist group vows retaliation, Islamic Jihad says 'this means war'
More than 150 people were killed and at least 300 were wounded in Israeli air strikes on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Islamist group said.
The assault was launched in response to the incessant rocket and mortar fire from the Strip at the western Negev.
Shortly after the strikes in Gaza a rocket attack on Netivot killed an Israeli man was and wounded six other people.
Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets in Gaza, destroying several Hamas police compounds, a Hamas police spokesman and witnesses said.
Television footage showed dead bodies scattered on a road and wounded and dead being carried away by distraught rescuers. There was widespread damage to buildings.
In the same time in Israel:
Terror groups fire at Israeli communities: A man was killed and three other Israelis sustained light to serious wounds after a rocket hit an apartment building in Netivot, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.
Hamas' armed wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
A short while after the IDF launched its major aerial strike in Gaza, the Red Color anti-rocket alarm went off at southern Israel
communities, as terrorists started firing rockets at Israel. The IDF Home Front Command is urging residents to remain in secured rooms and bomb shelters.
The Palestinian bombardment started around 1 pm, when a rocket hit the Netivot area. A short while later, the rocket alarm was heard in Ashkelon, as two rockets hit the southern city. No injuries or damage were reported in the strike.
In the most recent barrage at least 10 rockets were fired toward Netivot. One of the rockets hit a private home, while the second landed on an apartment building in the city, resulting in the death of a 30-year-old man. Three other people were evacuated to nearby hospitals with light to serious wounds. Another rocket landed near the local market.
At least 20 rockets have been fired toward Israel since Saturday morning.