Israeli right-wing protestors hold up a placard which reads in Hebrew, "Don't wait for the killer to kill you, kill him first" in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, on July 3, 2014.AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ
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Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched airstrikes against militant Hamas targets there Thursday in response to persistent Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks.There was also a second day of violent Palestinian protests in Jerusalem after the discovery of the body of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy Wednesday in a forest near the city.Israeli police are investigating the possibility that he was the victim of a revenge killing over the deaths of three Jewish teenagers, whose abduction on June 12 Israel has blamed on Islamist Hamas militants in the occupied West Bank.Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said troops were taking up "defense positions" in Israeli communities that have been struck by the rockets from Gaza. The military said Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had fired 20 projectiles into Israel Thursday and that rockets struck two homes in the southern town of Sderot, causing no casualties.
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