The Israeli military said Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved plans to call up 25,000 reservists in the wake of the strikes, a sign that Israel expects an extended confrontation.
“There are no red lines”
In an interview with the pro-Iranian Lebanese channel Al-Mayadeen, Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al-Nakhala vowed to respond to the strikes.
“There are no red lines in this battle, and Tel Aviv will fall under the rockets of the resistance, as will all Israeli cities,” he said.
The military wing of Hamas issued a statement saying: “The blood of our people and our mujahideen will not be in vain.”
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wencesland, has warned that “dangerous” escalation threatens to create the need for more aid at a time when other conflicts have drained the world’s resources.
“The firing of missiles must stop immediately, and I call on all parties to avoid further escalation,” he said.
Egypt has said it is mediating between Israel and the Palestinians.
Islamic Jihad, one of the groups of Palestinian armed groups, was founded in Gaza in the 1980s and opposes political dialogue with Israel. Considered close to Iran, it is separate from Hamas but cooperates closely with the movement.
The Israeli military spokesman said that the authorities expected missile attacks on central Israel, but said that the Iron Dome anti-missile batteries were working. He said special measures had been imposed in Israeli areas 80 kilometers around Gaza.
He said plans to allow fuel trucks into Gaza to keep the area’s only power plant operating were called off at the last minute as intelligence picked up movements indicating attacks on Israeli targets were imminent.
Fuel shortages are set to lead to more power outages in Gaza, where residents already receive only 10 hours of electricity a day, and further affect the economy of a region that relies on foreign aid and is still struggling to recover from past wars.
A narrow strip of land in which some 2.3 million people live on a plot of 365 square kilometers (140 square miles), Gaza has been an ongoing flashpoint since Hamas seized power. Israel has fought five conflicts with Gaza since 2009.
The area has since been under siege, with Israel and Egypt imposing severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out.
“We have not yet been able to reconstruct what Israel destroyed a year ago. People did not have the opportunity to breathe, and here Israel is attacking again without any reason,” said Mansour Mohamed Ahmed, 43, a farmer from the city center. Gaza.