Israel has announced it will launch its first military operation against Gaza in a series of strikes in the past two weeks.
The first of these strikes targeted the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
This morning, the Israeli military said that an Israeli airstrike killed four Palestinian militants.
The militants were “members of Hamas,” the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement.
The operation comes amid escalating violence in the Palestinian territory.
On Sunday, three Israeli civilians were killed when an Israeli drone fired on a car near the border fence with Gaza.
A Palestinian teenager was killed when his car was struck by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip on Monday.
The military has said that Israeli artillery shells fired at Gaza from the southern part of the country hit a school in the city of Rafat.
On Tuesday, the military announced that it was launching an operation in the northern Gaza Strip, targeting Hamas militants.
According to the military, a drone hit a building housing a “terrorist shelter” in the town.
This is the first time Israel has launched an operation against a militant group in Gaza since Operation Cast Lead in 2014.
The second attack on Gaza took place on Wednesday, when an airstrike hit a military vehicle that belonged to Hamas, killing a Hamas member.
In the same week, Israeli forces killed another militant in an air raid on a Hamas hideout.
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on June 8 to halt rocket attacks from Gaza.
In response to the rockets that Israel fired at Israel, the United States launched airstrikes on targets in Gaza.
The strikes have killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and over 2,000 Israeli civilians.
According the United Nations, there are nearly 8,000 Palestinian refugees inside Gaza.
Israel says it will allow humanitarian access, but Palestinians say the move amounts to a denial of basic human rights.
Israel’s military launched Operation Pillar of Defense in the wake of rocket attacks on Israel in the summer of 2016, and a wave of retaliatory violence began after Israel’s election to lead the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in November of that year.
Israel has accused Hamas of being responsible for the rocket attacks and says that the militant group has carried out attacks against its military.