The IDF responded with at least three rounds of airstrikes that targeted Hamas military sites. Any moment of laxity will enable those in the Palestinian populace that already question Hamas' degenerative rule to gain a real foothold.
Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, praised the rocket attacks calling them "a legitimate right that bombing is met with bombing", but did not take responsibility for them.
Fighter jets struck approximately 25 targets, including an underground training compound, in various military bases belonging to Hamas throughout the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket and mortar fire.
A police sapper digs up a rocket fired from Gaza that landed outside a kindergarten in one of the communities of the Eshkol region on June 20, 2018.
"The IDF is prepared to defend Israeli civilians and will increase its activity as necessary".
The IDF blamed Hamas for Tuesday's rocket launches, accusing the group in a statement of "dragging the Gaza Strip and its civilians down a continually deteriorating path", adding that Hamas would "bear the consequences for deliberately targeting its terror at Israeli civilians".
Gaza has been controlled by militant group Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.
The Sanders letter, which was reportedly the first since 2006 that had multiple senators challenging Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, was also signed by Dianne Feinstein and Elizabeth Warren, among other party leaders.
Sirens blared in Israeli communities surrounding the Gaza Strip over the course of the next few hours as terrorists launched wave after wave of rockets.
Israeli forces posted to Twitter that "the strike was conducted in response to the repeated launching of incendiary kites and balloons with explosive devices attached to them from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory".
"I don't intend to detail the actions we plan on Gaza", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to graduating military officers that was aired on national radio.
"If anyone thinks it will be possible to continue with the daily kites and fires, they are wrong", Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quoted as saying by The Times of Israel on Tuesday.
The flare-up comes after months of weekly rallies that have turned violent, with Israel killing more than 120 protesters and wounding thousands, many who were unarmed and far from the border fence.