Israeli air strikes and Hamas rocket attacks as violence intensifies
Israel has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian militants have fired several rockets towards Israeli cities amid a growing cycle of violence in the region. On Wednesday, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would "further intensify attacks on Hamas" in the Gaza Strip following talks with his defence chiefs.
The Gaza health ministry has said that over 25 Palestinians, including four women and three children, have been killed and 70 hurt by the Israeli strikes. Meanwhile, Israel has said it had intercepted eight Hamas rockets over the cities of Tel Aviv, Ashkelon and Ashdod on Wednesday morning.
Tensions have been growing since last week following the murder of three young Israelis in the occupied West Bank, and a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem.
Above, smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on Gaza. Click or swipe for more images.