Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)
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Israel said it struck 25 more Hamas sites overnight after a barrage of rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip, denying Palestinian claims of a ceasefire Wednesday after the worst flare-up since a 2014 war.Three Israeli soldiers were wounded, one moderately and two lightly, the military said.Early Tuesday, some 28 mortar shells were fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip.It was the largest barrage fired from Gaza into Israel, and Israel's biggest response, since a 2014 war.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed Tuesday to "respond to these attacks powerfully".Shortly after he spoke, Israel's military began air strikes in Gaza. Israel's military said it was not seeking an escalation, but warned Hamas.The protests demanded that Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation be allowed to return to their former homes, now inside Israel.The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for over a decade, which Israel says is necessary to prevent Hamas from obtaining means to attack.
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