At least 18 Palestinians were wounded Thursday as Israel struck a building in central Gaza City, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said, after hours of relative calm.
The strike hit a building that Palestinians say housed a cultural center and other offices in the middle of the city, an AFP correspondent said. Israel’s military had not commented.
The strike came after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area deep inside Israel near the major city of Beersheba, causing no damage or injuries.
The flare-up comes as Egypt is trying to broker a long-term cease-fire between the two sides.
On Wednesday evening, Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning. READ FULL STORY