Israeli government ministers accuse army general of 'cheapening' the Holocaust during speech
Maj-Gen. Yair Golan's remarks perceived as comparing Israel to Nazi Germany
But this year, emotions have been heightened and divisions deepened by a debate among Israelis over whether a soldier was justified in shooting and killing a Palestinian assailant who was wounded and lying on the ground, in an incident in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in March
After launching airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza, Israel discovers new cross-border tunnel
Fighting in recent days has been among the most serious violence between Gaza and Israel since 2014 war
Gaza's health ministry reported a woman was killed in Israeli shelling that came in response to mortar fire by militants Thursday night. The fighting in recent days has been among some of the most serious violence between Gaza and Israel since a 50-day summer war in 2014.
The Hamas operative captured in April after crossing into Israel was identified as 29-year-old Mahmoud Atuna. The military said he detailed "Hamas' construction methods, and how Hamas utilized private homes and public institutions to hide the tunnels."
Earlier in the day, the military said it had hit "terrorist infrastructure sites" belonging to Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry said three children and a 65-year-old Palestinian suffered light-to-moderate injuries in an airstrike that hit a metal workshop in Gaza City.
The workshop's owner, Hassan Hassanin, said his well-digging truck — which he described as the only one in Gaza that can reach a depth of 37 metres — was hit.
The latest escalation comes amid a months-long wave of violence that has seen near-daily attacks by Palestinians, mostly stabbings, which have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans. Some 193 Palestinians have been killed, most said by Israel to have been attackers. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.