Powerful explosions have shaken buildings and lit up the night sky over Gaza as sirens sounded in Israeli towns, warning of incoming rocket fire before dawn.
Palestinians fire rockets, Israel aircraft hit Gaza
Israeli aircraft have struck in Gaza in response to Palestinian rocket fire, days after the United States called for calm, but there was no immediate sign of a wider escalation in violence following days of tension.
With no reports of serious casualties, the exchange on Thursday followed a familiar pattern that signalled neither side was seeking a wider conflict.
Separately, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said Israel, which collects taxes on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), would use 100 million shekels ($A41 million) from PA funds to compensate victims of Palestinian militant attacks, against stipends the PA pays to assailants’ families, said.
There was no immediate comment from the PA.