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Israeli jets bomb Gaza after wave of rocket attacks

Smoke rises after the warplanes of Israel carried out an airstrike over residential areas in Gaza City, Gaza
Smoke rises after Israel carried out an airstrike over Gaza. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Israel launched airstrikes on militant bases in Gaza after a wave of rocket attacks from the strip hit southern Israel. At least 27 mortar shells were fired from Gaza, the biggest attack on Israel since the 2014 war with Hamas.

The bottom line: Tensions between Israel and Palestinian groups have reached new heights after Israeli troops killed 110 Palestinians during protests at the Gaza border. There were no reports on injuries in Gaza after the Israeli airstrike. No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the mortar attacks, most of which were intercepted by the Israeli defense system. Jason Greenblatt, President Trump's special envoy for Middle East peace, called the mortar attacks "reprehensible" and blamed Hamas.