The statement made clear that the targets belong to Islamic Jihad, the smaller of the two main militant groups in Gaza.
A CNN producer in Gaza saw medics carrying two bodies out of a building called the Palestine Tower, which was hit in one of the attacks. The Shifa hospital in Gaza confirmed that it had received the bodies of two people killed as well as 20 wounded.
A statement from Islamic Jihad said: “The enemy has started a war against our people and we all have a duty to defend ourselves and our people and not allow the enemy to get away with its actions aimed at undermining the resistance and national steadfastness.”
A “special situation” has been declared in areas surrounding Gaza in anticipation of possible rocket fire or other retaliatory attacks, the Israeli army said.
The operation against Islamic Jihad is called “Breaking Dawn”, the army added.
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