Hamas threatens to respond to Israeli strikes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hamas’ leader says his group will respond if Israel retaliates too forcefully to an overnight rocket strike.

Ismail Haniyeh said in a written statement Monday that the Palestinian people “will not surrender” and its militant factions “will deter the enemy if it exceeds the red lines.”

Haniyeh’s statement came as Israel began striking targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the early morning rocket attack, which wounded seven people in a small town north of Tel Aviv.

Hamas’ leaders went into hiding, police and security installations were evacuated and hospitals in Gaza were on alert in anticipation of the Israeli airstrikes.