Gaza rockets near Jerusalem amid fresh attacks

Rockets have reached an area close to Jerusalem for the first time in four days of fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza, reports say.

Local media say a rocket from Gaza landed near the Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin in the occupied West Bank, about 16km (10 miles) south of Jerusalem. No injuries were reported.

Israel is reported to be carrying out air strikes on Gaza in response.

It comes as Egypt brokers talks for a ceasefire between the two sides.

Thirty-one people – about half of them civilians – have been killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza since Israel carried out a surprise attack killing three Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants on Tuesday, the health ministry in Gaza says.

One Israeli has been killed and five wounded by rocket fire in the same period, Israeli’s Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance service says.

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