Three weeks ago, militants in Gaza landed a rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
An Israeli army vehicle was hit by a volley of bullets near the Gaza Strip as Palestinians staged riots near the fence separating Gaza from Israel.
rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time in three months, causing some damage.
In some ways, Israel’s latest confrontation with Hamas looks like past conflicts in the Gaza Strip. Operation Pillar of Defense has left some key Hamas leaders dead, depleted weapons supplies and hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza.
Communities in southern Israel came under a steady barrage of rockets and the Israeli military said it inflicted "severe damage on the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations" as its Operation Pillar of Defense neared the end of its first week.
Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground invasion.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday and the two discussed options for "de-escalating" the situation in Israel and Gaza, the White House said.
More images from Israel and the Gaza Strip as Operation Pillar of Defense continues. Photos by Reuters
Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the current episode of rocket fire from Gaza is not over, during a visit to the border with Gaza.
Israel will "take whatever action is necessary to put a stop" to the barrage of rockets from Gaza targeting the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ambassadors.
Israel and Hamas reportedly were observing an informal ceasefire, brokered by Egypt.
Israel installed an Iron Dome anti-missile system battery outside of Eilat days after a long-range rocket attack on the city.
Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to approve a sister-city relationship with Ashkelon, despite opposition from pro-Palestinian organizations.
Rockets continued to fall on southern Israel despite a truce with Gazan terrorist groups.
An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian militant and wounded two men in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Israel and Hamas medical officials said, two days after an Egyptian-brokered truce had calmed an outbreak of cross-border violence.
As rockets continued to fall on southern Israel, Egypt reportedly was working to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in Gaza.
Rockets fired from Gaza on southern Israel over the weekend injured a foreign worker.
A rocket fired from Gaza landed in Ashkelon was the first since a barrage of rocket fire on southern Israel ended.
The United States will help Israel buy four more Iron Dome short-range anti-missile systems, a Pentagon official said.
Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system for the first time intercepted rockets fired from Gaza. Ashkelon's Iron Dome intercepted two rockets fired Thursday on the southern Israeli city. The unit had been set up three days earlier.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a task force to re-evaluate a Cabinet decision to relocate the planned construction of a reinforced emergency room in southern Israel.
Israel's Cabinet approved by one vote on Sunday a plan to relocate Barzilai Medical Center's planned underground secure emergency room to a site farther from the Ashkelon hospital because ancient graves were found on the site.
Where were all the people of Gaza rising up in outrage when Hamas used them as human shields?
Another rocket warning siren wails and eight members of the Levi family, including a grandmother and a newborn, quickly cram into the small bedroom made of reinforced concrete that serves as the family's bomb shelter. "Come on, come on! Get in!" they shout. Just before the metal door thuds shut, the family dog, Pick, is whisked inside.
Practically overnight, life in this quiet coastal city has changed dramatically. Thirteen rockets landed in Ashkelon over the course of four days, and with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) having launched a ground invasion into Gaza over the weekend, shaken residents here suddenly find themselves in a war zone.
With Israel still facing Hamas rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip following the end of the army's limited ground operation there, the Israeli government is considering stronger follow-up measures.
The agenda linking Hassan Nasrallah, the Shiite leader of Lebanese Hezbollah; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Shiite Iranian president; and Ismail Heniyeh, the Sunni leader of Hamas and the de facto prime minister of the Gaza Strip is simple: remove the "cancerous cell" called the State of Israel from the Middle East. Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah have reiterated this message out loud; Heniyeh's Hamas Constitution explicitly calls for this objective. The goal is self-evident. As for the means, anything is legitimate.