Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed his country will not tolerate the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli terrority. He has even threatened to expand operations despite warnings from regional leaders.
In response to rocket fire toward Israel, the country's military aircraft has hit two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The airstrikes marked the fourth day in the worst flare-up of violence since the 2014 50-day war.
Prime Minister Netanyahu seeks to bolster a razor-thin majority in parliament with a far-right alliance. The move may also be an attempt to pull Israel's comparatively moderate military culture farther to the right.
Israel and Hamas fighters have clashed in southern Gaza in the most serious incidents since a devastating war in 2014. Israel's army has said it found another cross-border tunnel used by Palestinian militants.
Israeli forces and Palestinian militants have exchanged fire, and Israel has launched air raids on the Gaza Strip. There were no reports of injuries during the exchange, which threatens a two-year-old ceasefire.
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