The shaky truce between Israel and Hamas is under increasing pressure, with tit-for-tat strikes by both sides. Hamas launched a series of rockets into Israel, targeting the town of Sderot, and also Ashkelon, where long-range Grad missiles were fired for the first time. No-one was hurt by the rockets, but two Palestinians were injured in retaliatory Israeli air strikes in northern Gaza.
The rocket attacks have led to calls from some right-wing Israelis to scrap the truce, and step up operations against Hamas and its leaders. All border crossings into Gaza are closed, shutting down deliveries of food and fuel. Much of Gaza is now without power, and vital aid supplies are running out.
More than three quarters of a million Gazans depend on international help to survive. The closed borders mean supplies can’t get in. What little food exists is being rationed, and aid workers say people are already going hungry.