(JERUSALEM) -- It's been the bloodiest week on record along the Israeli-Gaza border since the war there over two years ago. It began on Saturday when Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars in a 15-minute window, injuring a number of Israelis. Israel's airstrikes in retaliation since then have left at least nine Palestinians dead. More strikes came early Thursday morning, but they didn't stop at least another eight rockets from hitting open fields Thursday.
The night sky over Gaza lit up again Wednesday night into Thursday as the Israeli Air Force bombed militant training camps, smuggling tunnels and rocket launchers. No one was injured.
The army says it was responding to more than a dozen mortars and rockets fired by Palestinian militants on Wednesday. Two of those hit a city 25 miles from the border and now Israel's Prime Minister has vowed to respond firmly and responsibly to the escalating violence. But it's unclear what that means and some analysts fear that another war in Gaza may be one possibility.
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