Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued the following statement after its airstrikes on Gaza City:
Hamas and the terror organizations have elected in recent days to escalate their attacks on Israel's citizens.
We are not prepared to make peace with a situation in which Israel's citizens are menaced by the terror of rocket fire.
No country would agree to such a situation; Israel is not prepared to reconcile itself to such a situation.
Today we have damaged the strategic targets of Hamas in a precise fashion; we have substantially damaged the launch capabilities of rockets from Gaza to central Israel and we are damaging the launch capability to Southern Israel.
Today we transmitted a clear message to the Hamas organization and to other terrorist organizations and should the need arise, the IDF is prepared to expand the action.
Today's bombing in Tel Aviv is reminiscent of six years ago and could mark a serious escalation in the conflict.
A truce in Gaza suits all sides but none of the groups seem interested in a long-lasting solution.
A complex system of air defences has been instrumental in protecting Israel's population from incoming rockets.