1. ESCALATION

    Israel Launches More Gaza Strikes

    The father and a relative of Israeli army First Sergeant Moshe Naftali, 22, react during his funeral at the Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Gunmen who appear to have originated in Gaza and who crossed into southern Israel through the Egyptian desert ambushed civilian vehicles traveling on a remote road, killing eight people. Six were civilians, and two were members of Israeli security forces responding to the incursion. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Bernat Armangue / AP Photo

    Israel has launched another series of airstrikes on Gaza, after being hit with rockets fired by Gaza militants. Six Israeli civilians were injured by the rockets, and now Israel and the Palestinian territory seem to be engaged in a full-fledged battle. Israel’s latest strike is the fifth launched since violence broke out on Thursday, when gunmen ambushed civilian vehicles and a military patrol in the southern town of Eilat, killing six civilians and two soldiers in the deadliest attack Israel had seen in three years. Jerusalem responded to Thursday's ambush with airstrikes against what the military said were tunnels used by gunmen in the Gaza Strip, and also killed the leader of the group reportedly responsible for the attacks.

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