The rocket fire from Gaza has not targeted Israel's heartland and the Israeli military said its air strikes were limited to Hamas installations. As of Thursday morning, sirens continued to sound in Israeli border communities. At least three Palestinians were killed.
"The Israeli strike was conducted in response to the rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory over the course of the evening and night", it said.
The IDF has said it intends to deploy additional Iron Dome batteries in southern Israel following assessments that Hamas might expand the range of rocket fire. A member of Hamas died in one of the air strikes. The Palestinian news agency WAFA cited health officials as confirming that a dozen other Palestinians were wounded in the airstrikes. The two others, killed in the area of Dir al-Balah in central Gaza, were 23-year-old Inas Hamrash and her year-and-a-half-old daughter, Bayan.
A 30-year-old Hamas affiliate was killed in the strikes, Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qedra said. Middle East Eye could not immediately confirm either account of the events.
Almost 160 Palestinians have been killed and some 17,500 others wounded in the fresh wave of violence, according to the latest figures released by the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Speaking on behalf of a body called the "joint operations room for the Palestinian resistance", the official announced Thursday that: "The current escalation in Gaza has ended".
Huge pillars of black and grey smoke were seen coming out from the al-Meshaal Centre for Culture. Several injuries were reported in several parts across the Strip.
A woman was seriously injured when a rocket exploded in a house, launched from the Gaza Strip, in the Eshkol Regional Council, near the coastal enclave controlled by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.
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The nearly daily airborne arson attacks have been part of months of weekly border protests led by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after it took control of the territory in 2007.
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The Israeli army earlier on Wednesday said Palestinians fired at least 36 rockets across the border.
United Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov called on both Israel and Hamas to "step back from the brink" and contain the current escalation before it deteriorates with "devastating consequences for all people".
Hamas has been the de facto ruling party in Gaza since winning contested Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006.
Hamas warned Israel it would pay for Tuesday's attack.
The Board took to Twitter saying: "Appalling BBCNews headline after Israel responded to *150* rockets fired at its towns by terrorists while families were asleep".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met with senior officials of the security establishment at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tel Aviv to assess the situation.