GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli forces and Palestinian militants exchanged fire today in the most serious flare-up in months along the border with the Gaza Strip, officials said.
The latest exchange came after Israel targeted two men in an airstrike into southern Gaza on Sunday night, killing one and wounding the other. Israel said they were militant jihadists responsible for attacks.
Then, militants of the Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza and a smaller hardline offshoot, Islamic Jihad, fired some 30 rockets toward Israel’s southern border this morning, causing some property damage but no casualties, said an Israeli military spokeswoman. She spoke on condition of anonymity, citing military rules.
Gaza’s interior ministry said Israel’s military launched around 20 tank shells and an airstrike, mostly toward targets around the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.