Israeli jets pounded militant targets in Gaza early Saturday as rockets rained on southern Israel, hours after a wave of Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave killed at least 12 people, including a senior militant and a five-year-old girl.
The fighting began Friday with Israel’s targeted killing of a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and continued throughout the night, drawing the sides closer to an all-out war.
But the territory’s Hamas rulers appeared to stay on the sidelines of the conflict for now. Israel and Hamas have fought four wars and several smaller battles over the last 15 years at a
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