Israel bombs Gaza after rocket attacks

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket attacks; Tensions peak as Israeli nationalists rally in Jerusalem

Israel’s air force and Palestinian militants traded fire across the Gaza frontier early Thursday as clashes erupted again at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, worsening an escalation that has been eerily similar to the lead-up to last year’s Israel-Gaza war.  The violence along the Gaza front, fueled by the unrest between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem, appears to be the heaviest cross-border fighting since last year’s 11-day war and comes despite efforts to prevent a repeat.  A rocket fired from Gaza this week shattered a months-long period of calm that followed the war.

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