Israeli airstrikes hit Palestinian militant targets in Gaza

Story highlights

  • Israel sends planes to attack targets overnight; rockets fired from Gaza
  • Israeli president says country should to "try to stop" attacks on Israel
  • "We don't think we are defenseless," Shimon Peres says in CNN exclusive
  • The Israeli military says militants have launched more than 115 rockets since Saturday

Israeli airstrikes on targets in Gaza continued into the early morning hours of Tuesday, the military said.

The air force bombed a weapons storage facility and two sites where rockets had been launched, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces.

A military representative said militants have launched more than 115 rockets toward Israel since Saturday.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the state of Israel," an Israel Defense Forces statement said. "The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip."

A Hamas security source told CNN that no casualties were reported after two Israeli warplanes attacked overnight.

Palestinian sources said three rockets had been fired into Israel.

Peres: All moms want to sleep in peace
Peres: All moms want to sleep in peace


    Peres: All moms want to sleep in peace


Peres: All moms want to sleep in peace 01:30
Teen killed playing soccer in Gaza
Teen killed playing soccer in Gaza


    Teen killed playing soccer in Gaza


Teen killed playing soccer in Gaza 02:03
Israelis, Palestinians trade fire
Israelis, Palestinians trade fire


    Israelis, Palestinians trade fire


Israelis, Palestinians trade fire 03:08

In a CNN exclusive, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel should "try to stop" the attacks.

"We don't think we are defenseless," he told CNN's Sara Sidner. "We are restrained. We don't take initiatives. We are careful. We respect human life, and we shall be careful."

But, Peres said, attackers "must understand all mothers want to sleep at night with their babies."

The strikes came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to escalate its military response to attacks from Gaza.

"The world must understand that Israel will not sit idly against attempts to harm us. We are ready to intensify the reaction," he said Sunday.

Israeli forces are already striking at terror groups in Gaza that are behind the attacks, he said.

The Palestinian death toll from Sunday's violence was six, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA. Also, more than 30 Palestinians have been wounded, with 10 of them in critical condition, according to the report.

Initial reports indicate four Israeli civilians were wounded by the rocket attacks, according to Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded Saturday, according to the military.

"Due to continuous rocket attacks" from Gaza, school was canceled Sunday in some Israeli communities, Leibovich tweeted. She added the hashtag: "#terror."

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum warned against escalating the violence and targeting civilians, saying "we cannot sit idle towards it. An end should be put to it."

Peres says Israel wants no part of war in Syria

Funeral held in Gaza for boy killed while playing soccer

      CNN Recommends

    • pkg clancy north korea nuclear dreams_00002004.jpg

      North Korea nuclear dream video

      As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
    • Photos: Faces of the world

      Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
    • pkg rivers uk football match fixing_00005026.jpg

      How to fix a soccer match

      Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
    • No Eiffel Towers, Statues of Liberties, Mt. Rushmores, Taj Mahals, Aussie koalas or Chairman Maos.

      15 biggest souvenir-buying no-no's

      It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.