Two Palestinians were killed and three others wounded after Israel's military said it was carrying out air strikes "throughout the Gaza Strip" on Monday following a barrage of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave towards its territory.
Hamas-run health ministry said in a statement that the dead men were civilians, but the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine militant group said in a statement that they were its fighters.
Israel reported some 80 "launches" from the Gaza Strip towards its territory -- reportedly rockets and mortars -- with a number intercepted by missile defences.
It also said an Israeli bus was hit by fire from the Gaza Strip. It was not clear if there were injuries.
The flare-up follows a clash that erupted during an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip late Sunday that killed eight people. Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, had vowed revenge.
The renewed violence was threatening to derail weeks of efforts to end unrest along the Gaza-Israel border.
The dead from the incident late Sunday included an Israeli army officer and a local commander for Hamas's armed wing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a trip to Paris and rushed home as tensions rose.
Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008 and recent unrest has raised fears of a fourth.
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