Israeli fire kills four after soldier is shot dead
Four Palestinians have been killed after Israel attacked Hamas targets in Gaza following the fatal shooting of a soldier near the border.
The Israeli military said a "terrorist squad" fired at troops and one soldier was severely injured and later died.
He was the first Israeli military fatality in months of violence along the Gaza border.
After the Palestinian fire, Israel's military said it struck 15 Hamas positions including weapon warehouses, command and control centres and training facilities.
It said "fighter jets commenced a wide-scale attack against Hamas military targets throughout the Gaza Strip" and added that "Hamas chose to escalate the security situation and will bear the consequences for its actions".
The Gaza Health Ministry said four Palestinians were killed. The militant Islamic Hamas that rules Gaza said three of the dead were members of the group. Gaza media reported that gunmen had fired mortars toward the border.
Sirens wailed last night in parts of southern Israel warning of incoming Palestinian rockets. Israel said two were intercepted by its Iron Dome aerial defence system.