Two Palestinian terrorists were reportedly killed on Monday morning in the northern Gaza Strip as the Israel Defense Forces responded to a barrage of rocket and mortar fire.
Israeli soldiers conducting routine operations along the Gaza border fence came under mortar fire in the morning hours, prompting return fire, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said.
The Israel Air Force also targeted two rocket-launching squads, from Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in northern Gaza over the course of the morning.
Citing local Palestinian officials, Reuters reported that two Palestinian terrorists were killed in Gaza on Monday. Hamas claimed one of the dead as its own, and the other was not immediately identified. Several other Palestinians were wounded in the strikes as well, Palestinian sources told news agencies.
Israel Radio reported that seven Qassam rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, causing no injuries or damage.
Hamas' military wing vowed to avenge the killing of its members.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued his own warning, saying in a meeting with Middle East Quartet special envoy Tony Blair on Monday that Israel would not stand silent in the face of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.