The IDF urged all Israeli living within four kilometers away from the border with Gaza to hide in bomb shelters and stay there until further notice.
Hamas movement claims that within several minutes, the Israeli landed more than 150 air strikes. According to the local healthcare ministry, the number of Palestinians killed in air raids of Israeli Air Force makes at least 109 people, including 28 children.
Meanwhile, the Iron Dome AA system intercepts dozens of missiles fired by Hamas; these fall in the settlements in the southern part of Israel - Ashdod, Beer Sheva and others. Most of the projectiles are shot down before they land. Hamas claimed it fired 50 missiles.
Alarm sirens worked in Ashdod and Beer Sheva. The remainders of missiles parried by the Iron Dome hit the residential area in Ashdod, cutting one of the buildings off the grid.
Israeli artillery, combat aircraft and tanks shell the militants' infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, and yet, the IDF command claims it's not the ground force invasion.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu stated that his country would inflict grave damage to Hamas in Gaza and would continue the operation for "as long as it takes".