JERUSALEM — A fragile cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas looked shakier Wednesday with the resumption of rocket attacks into southern Israel and a retaliatory airstrike into the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Air Force.
Though no injuries were reported in any of the attacks Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the violence ended one of the longest lulls along that border in recent memory.
Tuesday night's Israeli airstrike was the first in Gaza since the truce that ended an eight-day offensive last November. That clash killed 168 Palestinians and six Israelis.
The Israeli strike, which officials said hit Palestinian militant positions in northern Gaza, followed the firing of two projectiles into Israel earlier in the day.
After the Israeli strike, militants fired two more rockets early Wednesday, hitting the Israeli town of Sderot, officials said.
It marked the fourth time since the November cease-fire agreement that militants have fired at Israel.
The latest Palestinian attack appeared to have been triggered by the death of Hamas prisoner Maysara abu Hamdieh, 64, who died of throat cancer in an Israeli hospital. Palestinian officials accused Israel of failing to provide adequate medical treatment and release Hamdieh sooner when it became clear his condition was terminal.