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Violence Flares Up Between Gaza and Israel

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Late last week Israel launched a targeted air strike, killing Zohair al-Qaisi, militant leader of the Popular Resistance Committee, claiming the group was planning a terrorist strike in Israel. Over the next few days, militant groups in Gaza launched hundreds of rockets into southern Israel in retaliation, and Israel responded with new rounds of air strikes. Israel also deployed an anti-missile system known as Iron Dome, claiming to have shot down more than 40 rockets. Egypt stepped in to help broker a cease-fire that began yesterday, and held for about a day, but both sides have since launched limited attacks. In all, eight people in Israel have been wounded in the fighting, and at least 27 Palestinians have been killed. [36 photos]

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A rocket launches from the Israeli anti-missile system known as the Iron Dome, in order to intercept a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in Ashdod, Israel, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
A rocket launches from the Israeli anti-missile system known as the Iron Dome, in order to intercept a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in Ashdod, Israel, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
A Hamas policeman inspects the remains of a vehicle after it was targeted by an Israeli air strike that killed the head of the Popular Resistance Committees militant group in Gaza City, on March 9, 2012. The PRC said General Secretary Zohair al-Qaisi was one of two Palestinians killed in the strike, along with fellow-member Mahmud Halani, hours after Palestinians fired mortar rounds into Israel. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Palestinian tries to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on March 10, 2012. Despite Egyptian efforts to mediate a cease-fire, both sides remained defiant with Palestinians firing more than 100 rockets, some striking major cities in southern Israel, and the military responding with the targeted killings of more than 15 militants. (AP Photo) #
A security official stands next to a Grad rocket which was fired from Gaza and landed in Netivot in southern Israel, on March 13, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
An Israeli woman stands outside a damaged building, following a rocket attack from the nearby Gaza Strip, in Ashdod, Israel, on March 12, 2012. The UN and EU appealed for calm as cross border rocket strikes continued into a fourth day between the Gaza Strip and Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
An Israeli army sapper examines the remains of a mortar shell fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip that landed in a kibbutz on the Israel-Gaza border, on March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) #
An Israeli F-16 jet passes over the Israeli city of Ashdod, on March 11, 2012. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
Smoke rises from an explosion following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, on March 10, 2012. (AP photo/Hatem Moussa) #
One of two Islamic Jihad militants who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on March 12, 2012 is transported into the morgue of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza city, as Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza for a fourth day, killing six more Palestinians, including the two activists who were identified by the Palestinian group as Bassam al-Ajla and Mohammed Dahir. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #
Relatives of Ayoub Asalya, 12, view his body in the morgue of Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, on March 11, 2012, following a recent Israeli air raid. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome missile system in response to a rocket launch from the nearby Gaza Strip, near Ashdod, Israel, on March 12, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
An Israeli missile, launched from the Iron Dome, impacts a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, near Ashdod, Israel, on March 12, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
Israelis run for cover as a siren warning of incoming rockets sounds in the southern city of Ashdod, on March 11, 2012. (Reuters/Baz Ratner) #
Israelis sit inside a sewage pipe used as shelter after a siren warning of incoming rockets sounded in the southern community of Nitzan, on March 11, 2012. (Reuters/Baz Ratner) #
Israeli store owner Bary Mike cleans up after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants landed nearby in the port city of Ashdod, on March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) #
An Israeli medic helps a woman in shock after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip landed nearby in the southern city of Ashdod, on March 12, 2012, causing material damage and wounding lightly an elderly woman. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
Israeli policemen inspect damage after a rocket attack from the nearby Gaza Strip in Ashdod, Israel, on March 12, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
An Israeli boy plays inside a bomb shelter after rockets fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Beersheba, on March 11, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
An Israeli soldier walks on top of an armored personnel carrier (APC) deployed near Kibbutz Kissufim, just outside the central Gaza Strip, on March 13, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
Palestinians inspect a fire at a building on March 14, 2012, after an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
Palestinians carry the body of Faiza al-Hasoma, 30, killed in an Israeli air strike, during her funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on March 12, 2012. (AP photo/Hatem Moussa) #
A Palestinian fires in the air during the funeral of an Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza City, on March 13, 2012. (AP photo/Hatem Moussa) #
Palestinian medics treat a wounded youth at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on March 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Yasser Qudih) #
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Jabaliya, on March 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #
A Palestinian man surveys his brother's destroyed bedroom after an Israeli air strike in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, on March 12, 2012. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem) #
A Palestinian boy collects his belongings on March 14, 2012, following a fire in his house induced by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
Israeli military drones fly over Gaza City on March 12, 2012. The cross-border violence, touched off by Israel's killing of a top militant leader, has been the worst exchange of fire between Israel and the Hamas-ruled territory in years. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
Israeli soldiers watch as a missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on March 12, 2012. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images) #
Israeli school girls take cover next to a bus during a rocket attack from the nearby Gaza Strip, in Ashdod, Israel, on March 12, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
Israeli children play outside a sewage pipe which is ready to be used as a protective shelter during rocket attacks fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza in the community of Nitzan, Israel, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
A rocket is launched from the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system, to intercept a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in Ashdod, Israel, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
Israeli boys look for steel ball bearings in a pock-marked wall of a school in the southern city of Beersheba, after it was damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, on March 11, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
A Home Front Command soldier checks data on a computer at the site where a Grad rocket, which was fired from Gaza, landed in Netivot in southern Israel, on March 13, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
Wounded Palestinian children receive medical attention at a hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, on March 12, 2012, following an Israeli air raid. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
Palestinian relatives grieve over the body of Nayef Qarmut, a teenager killed on his way to school, as he is prepared for burial at the morgue in Beit Lahiya, on March 12, 2012, in the Gaza Strip. Earlier reports claimed Qarmut had been killed by an Israeli military drone strike, but the Israeli military denied it had conducted any air strikes in northern Gaza at that time. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Bedouin girl herds sheep with Iron Dome missile launchers in the background, in a field near the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, on March 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) #

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