Intensive Israeli airstrikes blitz Gaza Strip as death toll mounts [View all]
By AL ARABIYA WITH REUTERS
Israeli aircraft attacked targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, unleashing dozens of strikes in swift succession according to Al Arabiya correspondents and news agency witnesses.
The aerial bombardment set off earth-shaking thuds and fireballs in the dark sky and were met with screeches of Palestinian rocket fire launched from the outskirts of Gaza City towards southern Israel.
The airstrikes marked an escalation of two days of reciprocal attacks between the Palestinian militant Hamas group ensconced in the coastal enclave and the Israeli military, which killed a top Islamist leader on Wednesday.
Israelís military said that in the space of an hour it had targeted approximately 70 underground launching sites for medium-range rockets.