Israel responded by targeting 18 sites in Gaza, including Hamas posts and one target that the army said was managed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, thought to have been behind the explosive device. The attackers forced Al-Emadi to flee, reportedly threatening his life, reported pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat. On Monday, Al Emadi said that his country will give $9 million (Dh33m) to reportedly address fuel and medicine shortages. A dispute over money and revenue collections has stalled a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, which Egypt brokered in October. "That says a lot about Hamas' character".
He said that over the years, the infrastructure and housing sector in Gaza has developed thanks to Qatari support.
The ambassador's response angered the hospital cleaning workers, who began throwing shoes at him and tearing up pictures of the Qatari emir. They have been on a strike for 10 days, demanding payment from the Hamas-run Health Ministry.
"The Hamas terror organization is accountable for this incident and its consequences, as well as everything happening in and from the Gaza Strip, above and below ground", the Israeli military said in a statement after the strikes.
Recently, tensions between the two sides keep flaring up, as shown in the firing of about 20 rockets on the southern part of Israel, which responded with airstrikes since U.S. President Donald Trump announced on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.