A fireball explodes in Gaza City during an Israeli bombardment. AFP / BASHAR TALEB
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Fears of a large-scale conflict loomed large over Gaza after a spike in violence saw four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier killed. It was the first Israeli casualty since widespread protests began on March 30 . The U.N. urged both sides to step back from the brink of war. Israeli airstrikes pummeled the strip after a soldier was shot near the border.Fireballs exploded across the strip, as airstrikes killed two Palestinians in Khan Younes in southern Gaza and one more near Rafah. The Israeli army said it had targeted 40 Hamas targets. Last weekend saw the most intense exchange of fire between Hamas and Israel since the 2014 War, with Israeli airstrikes killing two Palestinian teenagers.
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