Israel's military said it was preparing for a "relentless attacks" against Hamas. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the death toll in Gaza has already exceeded 5,000. Israeli airstrikes have continued for more than two weeks in response to a Hamas attack on southern Israel that killed more than 1,400 people.
Israel's military said it attacked targets of the Islamist group Hamas in southern Lebanon and stepped up strikes on the Gaza Strip after yesterday's rocket attacks on Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting of the security cabinet, and the United Nations called on all parties to exercise restraint.
Israeli police stormed into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City early Wednesday, firing stun grenades at Palestinian youths who hurled firecrackers at them in a burst of violence during a sensitive holiday season. Palestinian militants in Gaza responded with rocket fire on southern Israel, prompting repeated Israeli airstrikes.