Dozens of rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, a day after Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in two separate incidents in Gaza.
There were no casualties reported after the rocket fire on Saturday morning, the Israeli army said.
The Iron Dome missile system intercepted dozens of projectiles, the army said, adding that about 90 rockets were fired from the besieged enclave.
According to Palestinian news agencies, Israeli warplanes targeted an agricultural area in Beit Hanoun, a northern town in the strip, with multiple air raids following the rocket fire.
Israeli forces at the fence with Gaza also shelled a monitoring outpost east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
Gaza health officials said four Palestinians were wounded in one of the Israeli raids.Sirens went off in the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, and the nearby Zikim beach, located two kilometres north of the Gaza Strip, was also closed off.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket fire from Gaza.
The latest escalation comes afterfour Palestinians were killedon Friday by Israeli forces in two separate incidents.
Two of them were shot dead during the weekly Great March of Return protests near the Israeli fence east of Gaza, while an air raid targeting a Hamas outpost killed two members of the movement’s armed wing.
In an attempt to diffuse an escalation between Israel and Hamas, Egypt had summoned senior figures from Hamas and the Palestine Islamic Jihad movement on Friday to its capital Cairo.