Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike hit Gaza City July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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The Israeli military bolstered forces along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip Thursday in response to intensifying rocket fire as tensions remained high over the deaths of three Israeli teenagers and an Palestinian youth who Palestinians allege was killed in a revenge attack.The Israeli troop mobilization came as near-daily rocket fire from the Gaza Strip has intensified in the weeks since the Israeli teens disappeared on June 12 . Israel has responded with airstrikes.Israel said that it responded with overnight airstrikes on 15 Hamas targets.The Israeli military spokesman said that security coordination between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' forces in the West Bank was continuing in order to "limit points of friction" ahead of the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to be tense because of the developments.Hamas seized Gaza in 2007 from forces loyal to the Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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