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Israel exchanged the fiercest fire with Hamas in years after assassinating its military mastermind and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip to stem Palestinian rocket salvoes.

Launched on Wednesday during a deceptive lull in almost a week of surging cross-border violence, Israel’s air assault had an intensity recalling the outset of the 2008-09 Gaza war though this time the Palestinian death toll of 13 was far lower.

Israel shelled the enclave from the land, sea and air Wednesday, killing 13 people, including five militants, three children and a pregnant woman. More than 100 were wounded.

Hamas, reeling at the strategic loss of top commander Ahmed Jabari in a devastating strike on his car, resumed rocket attacks against the Jewish state’s desert south.

Police say three Israelis were killed in a rocket attack from Gaza early Thursday…

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