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Gaza conflict: Rocket barrage and Israeli strikes intensify Gaza conflict: Rocket barrage and Israeli strikes intensify
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Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have stepped up their attacks on each other, in one of the worst surges of violence in recent years. Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have stepped up their attacks on each other, in some of the most intense exchanges in recent years.
Palestinian militants have fired more than 430 rockets into Israeli territory since Saturday. Israel says most were intercepted but one man was killed.Palestinian militants have fired more than 430 rockets into Israeli territory since Saturday. Israel says most were intercepted but one man was killed.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) say they have struck about 200 targets in Gaza, killing at least two militants. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) say they have struck about 200 targets in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.
The flare-up over the weekend comes despite a truce agreed last month. The Palestinians say four people were killed in those strikes.
Egypt and the United Nations have recently been trying to broker a longer-term ceasefire. The flare-up comes despite a truce agreed last month. Egypt and the United Nations have recently been trying to broker a longer-term ceasefire.
How did the latest round of violence begin? How did the latest round of violence develop?
It began on Friday, during protests in Gaza against the blockade of the area - which Israel says is needed to stop weapons reaching militants.It began on Friday, during protests in Gaza against the blockade of the area - which Israel says is needed to stop weapons reaching militants.
A Palestinian gunman shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers at the boundary fence. Israel retaliated with an air strike that killed two militants.A Palestinian gunman shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers at the boundary fence. Israel retaliated with an air strike that killed two militants.
The rocket barrage from Gaza began on Saturday morning. Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system shot down dozens of the rockets, but a number of homes in Israeli towns and villages were hit.The rocket barrage from Gaza began on Saturday morning. Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system shot down dozens of the rockets, but a number of homes in Israeli towns and villages were hit.
An Israeli man died early on Sunday in Ashkelon, 10km (six miles) north of Gaza, after being wounded by shrapnel when a rocket hit his house. An Israeli man died early on Sunday in Ashkelon, 10km (six miles) north of Gaza, after being struck by shrapnel in his home.
Israel says it carried out more air strikes against sites belonging to the militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Sunday. Israel says it killed two Palestinian fighters in air strikes against sites belonging to the militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Saturday and Sunday.
Four Palestinians have been killed in the strikes since Saturday, according to Hamas, which controls Gaza. But Hamas, which controls Gaza, says a total of four Palestinians have been killed.
It says the dead include a woman and her 14-month-old daughter. But Israel says the mother and baby may have been killed by a Palestinian rocket that fell short of its target.It says the dead include a woman and her 14-month-old daughter. But Israel says the mother and baby may have been killed by a Palestinian rocket that fell short of its target.