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Tensions rise after flare-up on Israel-Gaza border

JERUSALEM — Israeli-Palestinian tensions rose sharply Wednesday, with a resumption of clashes over the Israel-Gaza border as Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails declared a three-day hunger strike to protest the death Tuesday of a fellow inmate, a death that the Palestinians blamed on Israel.

In response to rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel, apparently in support of the Palestinian prisoners, the Israeli military said it carried out an airstrike in Gaza late Tuesday , its first since a cease-fire that ended eight days of fierce cross-border fighting in November. Warplanes struck two open areas in northern Gaza, causing no damage or casualties, the military said.

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