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Violence flares as Israel strikes Gaza and Hamas fires rockets

Violence flares as Israel strikes Gaza and Hamas fires rockets

The Israeli military said on Saturday it struck several militant sites in Gaza in response to renewed violence along the border, Al-Arabiya reported.


Shortly after, more than a dozen rockets were fired toward Israel, according to the Associated Press, with no reports of casualties on either side.


The exchange threatens to spark a further conflagration after weeks of tensions along the volatile border.


The military said its jets targeted a Hamas tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip early Saturday as well as other military compounds. Hamas, meanwhile, said its rockets were meant to deter Israel from further action.


A 15-year-old Palestinian was shot dead as he tried to climb over the fence into Israel. Meanwhile, the military says an Israeli officer was lightly wounded by a grenade thrown at him during the near-weekly protests along the border Friday.

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