Overnight airstrikes on the Gaza Strip have killed nine militants, Hamas says, as it promises to reap revenge for the deaths.
Israeli military said it had been responding to more than 25 rockets and mortars launched across the barrier, as deadly fighting escalates following the death of Palestinian and Israeli teenagers.
Hamas said “the enemy will pay a tremendous price” for the killing of seven of its members in a tunnel in Rafah, in addition to a further two who died in separate airstrikes on the same night.
A statement from the Israeli army said it “has succeeded in stopping another attack against Israel by targeting terrorists who are implicated in launching rockets from central Gaza,” Al Jazeera reports.
It comes as tensions boil over following the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers and the death of a Palestinian teenager shortly afterwards.
In pictures: Israel reacts to deaths of kidnapped teenagers
In pictures: Israel reacts to deaths of kidnapped teenagers
Relatives and friends gather around a grave, as Gilad Shaer, 16, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Eyal Ifrach, 19, are buried side-by-side in the central Israeli town of Modiin
Tens of thousands Israelis attend the joint funeral of Gilad Shaer, 16, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Eyal Ifrach, 19, in the central Israeli town of Modiin
sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) eulogizes three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, Gil-Ad Shaer, US-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modiin
Avi (C) and Rachel (R) Frenkel and their son (L), hold a reading close to the body of their son Naftali Frenkel, 16, (unseen) during his funeral service in the Jewish settlement of Nof Ayalon, in the Israeli occupied West Bank
A makeshift memorial site is constructed in memory of the three Israeli teenagers found dead, in Halhul, West Bank
A man attends the funeral ceremony held for the three Israeli teenagers found dead in Modiin
People attend the funeral of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the West Bank, during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modiin
A Jewish woman prays during the joint funeral of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modiin
The parents and other family members of Naftali Frankel, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, attend his funeral service in Nof Ayalon, Israel
Avi and Rachel Fraenkel attend the funeral of their son, Naftali, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, in their town of Nof Ayalon
Parents of Gilad Shaer stand next to their son's body during his funeral ceremony at his hometown Talmon Jewish settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah
Tens of thousands Israelis attend the joint funeral of Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Ifrach, in the central Israeli town of Modiin
Mourners and relatives of Israeli teenager Eyal Ifrach attend his funeral outside his house, in the city of Elad
Friends and family grieve during the funeral ceremony of Gilad Shaer
Avi and Rachel Fraenkel embrace during the funeral of their son, Naftali, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nof Ayalon
The body of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, covered in an Israeli flag, is carried to an ambulance after his funeral service in his hometown in Nof Ayalon
Ofir, the father of Gilad Shaer, 16, hugs a mourner as they stand in front of his son's body during a funeral service at his hometown, the Talmon Jewish settlement, near the West Bank city of Ramallah
Friends of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, crying at his funeral service in his hometown of Nof Ayalon
Women cry during the eulogy ceremony for Eyal Yifrach, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, before his funeral at the synagogue in city of Elad
Mourners, and relatives of Israeli teenager Eyal Ifrach, one of the three students abducted and then shot dead, attend his funeral outside his house, in the city of Elad in central Israel
Israelis mourns and light candles in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv after the announce that the bodies of the three missing Israeli teenagers were found
Israelis mourns and light candles in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv after the announce that the bodies of the three missing Israeli teenagers were found. Israel confirmed finding the bodies of three teenagers who disappeared in the southern West Bank, blaming the Islamist Hamas movement for their kidnapping and murder
Israelis march on the road near where three missing teenagers were abducted, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut
Six Israeli suspects were arrested yesterday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to bring those responsible for the latter murder to justice.
Arab teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was burned to death, the Palestinian attorney-general said on Saturday, after he was captured near his home in East Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Natanyahu has sought to deal with claims that the boy’s death was retaliation for the killing of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, whose bodies were found in a shallow grave three weeks after they want missing on 12 June.
A Palestinian man has been arrested in connection with their deaths.
“We will not allow extremists, it doesn't matter from which side, to inflame the region and cause bloodshed,” Mr Netanyahu said in a televised statement following the arrest of the Israeli suspects.
“Murder is murder, incitement is incitement, and we will respond aggressively to both.”
Israel confirmed it carried out strikes on at least “14 terror sites” including “concealed rocket launchers” in Gaza, killing seven fighters from the armed wing of Hamas, Al Qassam.
Israeli forces say that more than 150 rockets have been launched from Gaza since 14 June when the fresh violence erupted.
Mr Netanyahu said at a government meeting on Sunday that Israel must act “with composure and responsibly" and not with “militancy or rashness,” the Jerusalem Post reports.
The mother of the murdered Palestinian teenager said the arrests of the Israelis gave little solace.
“I don’t have any peace in my heart, even if they captured who they say killed my son,” the boy's mother, Suha, said.
“They’re only going to ask them questions and then release them. What’s the point?”
“They need to treat them the way they treat us,” she added.
“They need to demolish their homes and round them up, the way they do it to our children.”