GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After deadly protests, rockets fly and Israel strikes Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After deadly protests, rockets fly and Israel strikes Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft struck dozens of militant sites across the Gaza Strip early Saturday as militants fired some 30 rockets into Israel, in the heaviest exchange of fire between the bitter enemies in several weeks.

The fighting followed a bloody day of border protests, in which Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians protesting along the perimeter fence dividing Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel. The sudden burst of fighting and bloodshed complicated the mission of Egyptian mediators, who have intensified shuttle diplomacy to achieve calm and prevent a full-blown conflict between the militant Hamas group and Israel.

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