Israel, Hamas Near War as Violence Escalates

Dozens of rocket attacks and airstrikes between the two sides threaten to push region into war.


Plumes of smoke rise over Gaza during an Israeli air strike.

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The Palestinian response also indicates an escalation. Militants fired a Fajr 5 rocket—which has a range of 25 to 30 miles—at Jerusalem, the first missile to land near Jerusalem in more than 40 years, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The same rockets were fired towards Tel Aviv, which heard the first bomb sirens since the Gulf War in 1991, the paper reported.

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