Gaza has been blockaded by Israel since 2007. Protests along parts of the buffer zone were ongoing on Monday.
The military said it hit 15 Hamas targets, including military compounds, munition factories and naval forces. The strikes come after militants broke days of calm along the volatile frontier by firing projectiles toward Israeli communities.
It was by far the deadliest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, and further dimmed the already bleak prospects for President Donald Trump’s hoped-for peace plan.
In Friday’s confrontations, large crowds gathered near the border fence, with smaller groups of protesters rushing forward, throwing stones and burning tires.
The remark was made during an opening ceremony of a fortified emergency room in the Barzilai Medical Center in the southern city of Ashkelon. It followed an explosive device attached to the fence that injured four Israeli soldiers on Saturday.
In a windfall, the wealthy Gulf Arab state of Qatar, a key donor, has become an unlikely partner in Israel’s quest, and has urged other nations to follow suit.
The bombardment by the Israeli forces came following a missile attack on Israeli territory that caused no casualties.
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