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Violence erupts in Gaza, Israel after Qatari leader's visit

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Palestinian relatives of Hamas gunman Ismail al-Tille mourn during his funeral in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Oct. 24. Raids by Israel on Tuesday killed three members of the Islamist group, one of them al-Tille, in control of the coastal territory. Israel killed another Hamas gunman in its second round of air strikes in as many days on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, responding to rocket fire at its southern towns that wounded three people.

Violence erupted between Palestinians and Israelis after a visit from the Qatari leader on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Palestinian militants hit Israel with dozens of rockets on Wednesday, prompting Israeli air strikes.

Reuters reports -- Israel killed a Hamas gunman in its second round of air strikes in as many days on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, responding to rocket fire at its southern towns that wounded three people.

Separate raids by Israel on Tuesday killed three members of the Islamist group in control of the coastal territory. The Israeli military said the strikes were in response to a total of 60 rockets that have been fired at Israel this past month.

The strikes followed a visit by the Emir of Qatar which broke the isolation of the Hamas leadership of Gaza, dismaying Israel and rival, Western-backed Palestinian leaders. Read the full story.

Hatem Moussa / AP

Palestinian mourners gather around the body of Hamas militant Loay Abu Jarad during his funeral in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on Oct. 24. Militants from Gaza's ruling Hamas movement and other gunmen pummeled southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortars early Wednesday and two Palestinians died of wounds sustained in Israeli airstrikes, in a sharp escalation of violence following a landmark visit to Gaza by the leader of Qatar.

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

A Palestinian boy watches the funeral of Hamas gunman Ismail al-Tille in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Oct. 24. Separate raids by Israel on Tuesday killed three members of the Islamist group, one of them al-Tille, in control of the coastal territory.

The Israeli air strikes were in response to rocket attacks from Palestinian militants.

Amir Cohen / Reuters

Trails of smoke are seen after the launch of rockets from the northern Gaza strip towards Israel Oct. 24. Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave's Hamas leadership with a visit.

Ariel Schalit / AP

An Israeli man surveys the damage of his house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants hit a community along the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Oct. 24. Rockets and mortars from Gaza have pummeled southern Israel, drawing Israeli airstrikes that killed a Palestinian militant. The Israeli military said 60 rockets and mortars were fired by early morning Wednesday, following a volley the night before and that Israeli aircraft struck Gaza three times.

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