JERUSALEM — Israeli aircraft struck Saturday at Palestinian militants in Gaza, who responded with a volley of rockets that rained on southern Israeli towns, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.
Palestinian officials said nine militants were killed, while Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said one Israeli civilian was killed and four others injured.
Exchanges of fire are common between southern Israel and the Gaza strip controlled by the militant Hamas group, but this is the worst one in months.
Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmia said nine people were killed and 15 wounded. The Associated Press said an Israeli military spokesman confirmed four strikes in Gaza.
Israeli military released video footage taken from a military drone Saturday afternoon that shows Palestinians unloading rockets from a truck and preparing them for firing at Israel. The drone strike took place shortly afterward. Islamic Jihad took responsibility for firing the rockets in a text message to reporters.
Terror list: A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers — 36 House Republicans and Democrats — have asked FBI Director Robert Mueller and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to put Palestinians convicted on various terrorism charges and released from Israeli prisons in a recent swap for Israeli Sgt. Gilad Schalit on the terrorist watch list.