From the border, Israeli troops have been pounding positions in northern Gaza – piling further pressure on Palestinian militants to free a kidnapped Israeli soldier. It comes as Israel tightened its grip inside the southern part of the Strip.
Across the West Bank, it detained Hamas officials. And, adding to the tensions, the body of a teenage Jewish settler seized by militants was found near Ramallah.
In this context, the Israeli premier cancelled a meeting to discuss a planned summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.