This is a developing story.
Israeli forces have begun an operation hitting targets in the Gaza strip, the military said on Friday, following days of friction after the arrest of a senior Palestinian resistance leader, Reuters reports. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that seven people have been killed and 40 injured in the attack. The deaths include a five-year-old boy who died after the apartment block he was in was targeted by occupation forces.
"The IDF is currently striking in the Gaza Strip. A special situation has been declared on the Israeli home front," the military said in a statement. It said further details would follow.
An Anadolu Agency correspondent in Gaza reported that explosions were heard in several areas of the Strip.