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Israel shot down a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip and carried out an airstrike overnight on Tuesady in retaliation, raising the specter of a wider confrontation with militants.

The rocket fire followed clashes that erupted after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem last week, saying they needed to quell riots as Palestinians gathered for Ramadan prayers. Similar events preceded Israel’s war with the Hamas group that runs Gaza less than a year ago.

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