Seven people were killed Monday in Gaza, and more than three dozen rockets fell into Israel, the latest events in days of fighting that marked the worst escalation of violence in the coastal territory in months, officials said.
Israel said its airstrikes have targeted militant rocket launching sites across the Palestinian territory in response to more than 200 rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel since Friday. More than 36 rockets were fired into Israel on Monday, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
In Gaza, at least 23 people have been killed in strikes since Friday, while at least 75 people have been wounded.
"When I was sleeping, all of a sudden I found the entire house falling on top of us," Gaza resident Samer Sukar said from a hospital bed. "What can I say? There was no rocket fire from near our house."
Sukar said he was injured in a blast Monday while he was at home with his wife and six children.
Meanwhile, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, residents took cover.
"It's a very difficult time for us," said Eti Ifrah, 23. "It's impossible to live like this - every time we want a shower or anything we're worried a bomb will fall."
Nearly 1 million people in Israel have sought the safety of shelters during the violence, authorities said. The fighting is the worst outbreak of violence in Gaza this year and comes as Israel and the world's attention has been largely focused on Iran and Syria.FULL STORY