Israeli warplanes have attacked 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip in response to an Islamic Jihad rocket barrage into Israel earlier on Wednesday, the military has said.
Palestinian eyewitnesses and journalists said that warplanes hit bases of the Hamas rulers and the armed wing of Islamic Jihad.
Israel is also reported to have closed border crossings with the Gaza Strip.
Militants fired more than 30 rockets into southern Israel, officials say.
An Israeli military spokesman said five hit populated urban civilian areas.
He said that a number of others were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.
It was the heaviest barrage since the November 2012 conflict in Gaza ended.
Islamic Jihad said it fired the rockets in retaliation for Tuesday’s killing of three of its militants in an earlier Israeli air strike.
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