The Israeli Prime Minister said: “We’ve killed senior Hamas commanders, including the chief of their Gaza brigade, and this is only the beginning. They will be dealt blows they never even dreamed of.”
This comes after two Israeli women, one in her 60s and the other in her 80s, were killed in the city of Ashkelon during a wave of overnight border strikes.
Following the fatal strikes, Mr Netanyahu launched a terrifying warning to the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organisation.
The Israeli Prime Minister said: “Hamas will be hit in ways that it does not expect.
“We have eliminated commanders, hit many important targets and we have decided to attack harder and increase the pace of attacks.”
He added: “At the conclusion of a situational assessment, it was decided that both the strength of the attacks and the frequency of the attacks will be increased.”
At least 28 Palestinians, including 10 children, were killed in Israeli strikes.
The Israeli military claimed at least 16 people who were killed were militants.
Sergei Vershinin, a Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, called on Israel on Wednesday to “immediately” stop all settlement activities in the Palestinian Territories, RIA news agency reported.
Vershinin also said that Moscow called for the “status quo of Jerusalem’s sacred sites” to be respected.
It is believed the violence was fuelled by Israel’s evictions of Muslim communities living in the east of Jerusalem.
Hundreds of people were left injured this week after riot police shot rubber bullets and fired tear gas at protesters.
Even before the deaths, the Israeli military said it was sending troops to the Gaza border and the defence minister ordered the mobilisation of 5,000 reserve soldiers.
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