Twenty-one Palestinians and four Israelis were reported dead in two days of heavy fighting in early May [File: Ammar Awad/Reuters]

Israeli warplanes have attacked a Hamas target in Gaza following a Palestinian rocket strike, the Israeli military said, in the first serious crossborder escalation since a surge in fighting last month.

In a statement on Thursday, Israel‘s military said fighter planes attacked “underground infrastructure” in a compound belonging to the Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip after Israeli air defences intercepted a rocket launched from the besieged territory. There were no reports of injuries or casualties.

The latest hostilities followed Israel’s closure of offshore waters to Gaza fisherman on Wednesday in what it said was a response to incendiary balloons launched across

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