[Update 12:44 p.m.] The Israeli military says more than 85 rockets from Gaza have hit Israel since yesterday. "In the past two days, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip have dramatically escalated their attacks against Israel — firing an anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep as well as launching barrages of rockets at Israeli civilians," the Israel Defense Forces says.
The Palestinian official news agency WAFA posted this photo, saying it was taken in Gaza today after an Israeli strike. WAFA did not give an exact location. Israel has said it targeted a rocket-launching squad in Gaza.
This photo shows Israelis running for cover as a siren wailed in the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel, warning people of more rocket attacks coming in from Gaza, on Saturday night.
[Update 9:39 a.m.] Israel says its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza today. The United States supports the system. Here's background from July.
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[Update 8:05 a.m.] The Israeli military says 77 rockets have been fired into Israel country since Saturday evening.
[Update 7:17 a.m.] The Palestinian death toll in the latest violence has risen to six, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA. Also, more than 30 Palestinians have been wounded; 10 of them are in critical condition, according to the report.
Israel has reported dozens more rockets fired into the country from Gaza. At least 69 were fired at Israel since Saturday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said.
IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said four Israeli civilians have been wounded by rockets, according to initial reports. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded yesterday, according to the military.
Leibovich also tweeted:
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[Posted 7:03 a.m.] Israel is ready to escalate its military response to rocket attacks from Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today after 23 rockets struck Israel overnight.
"The world must understand that Israel will not sit idly against attempts to harm us. We are ready to intensify the reaction,” Netanyahu said.
Israeli forces are already striking at terror groups in Gaza behind the attacks, he said.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum warned against escalating the violence and targeting civilians, saying "we cannot sit idle towards it. An end should be put to it."
Four Israeli soldiers were wounded and five Palestinians, including a militant, were killed yesterday, as the two sides traded fire.