The Israel Defense Forces says it is declaring "a state of readiness for war in response to the surprise attack from Gaza, APA reports citing BBC.
The defence minister Yoav Gallant has approved a call-up for military reservists.
The Israeli military has begun to carry out retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and has warned that Hamas will pay a very heavy price.
Note that Israel was subjected to massive rocket barrages from the Gaza Strip on Saturday morning, combined with an assault by dozens of gunmen who infiltrated the border town of Sderot, clashing with Israel Defense Force troops.
The Defense Minister Gallant rushed to Tel Aviv to consult with security chiefs.