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Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells while Israeli planes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip today.
The fighting appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since a 2014 war.
Officials - People - Militants - Israeli - Fire
Palestinian officials said at least three people, including two militants, were killed by Israeli fire and nine were wounded.
An Israeli air strike destroyed the ruling Hamas group's Al-Aqsa TV station after Israel told journalists inside to evacuate.
Israel - Rescue - Service - People - Soldier
In Israel, the national rescue service said at least seven people were wounded, including a 19-year-old soldier who was in critical condition.
Later, Avi Mayer of the American Jewish Committee tweeted that a 60-year-old Israeli man was killed after a rocket fired from Gaza hit his apartment building in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. This has not been confirmed by officials.
Fighting - Undercover - Israeli - Raid - Gaza
The fighting, triggered by a botched undercover Israeli military raid in Gaza, cast doubt over recent understandings brokered by Egypt and UN officials to reduce tensions.
A day earlier, Israel's prime minister said he was doing everything possible to avoid another war.
UN - Egypt - Halt - Violence - 'Rockets
The UN said it was working with Egypt to broker a halt in the violence. 'Rockets must STOP, restraint must be shown by all!' the UN Middle East envoy's office tweeted.
The undercover troops, apparently on a reconnaissance mission, were discovered several miles inside Gaza on Sunday, setting off a battle that left seven militants, including a Hamas commander, and an Israeli military officer dead.
Monday - Militants - Rockets - Hour - Barrage
Around sundown on Monday, militants launched 100 rockets in less than an hour, the most intense barrage since the 50-day war four years ago.
The rockets, which continued into the evening, lit up the skies of Gaza and set off air raid sirens throughout southern Israel.
Military - Planes - Helicopters - Tanks - Targets
The military said planes, helicopters and tanks had struck more than 30 militant targets, including military compounds, observation posts and weapons facilities.
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