Only hours after assailants killed at least seven Israelis near the Egyptian border in what The New York Times is calling "the most serious assault on Israeli territory in more than two years," Israel has struck back, killing seven of the attackers and launching an airstrike in southern Gaza, where Israel claims the militants originated. Officials in Gaza say the strike killed six Palestinians, including several militants (the AP provides more detail, stating that five militants and one child were killed in a private home, while the Jerusalem Post claims all the victims were militants). In the picture above, Palestinians react to the strike at a hospital in Rafah.
Violence continued to crop up after the Gaza assault, with an additional shooting attack taking place Thursday evening north of Eilat. The attack injured one person, according to the Jerusalem Post, which added that the Israeli military is still searching the area around Eilat and the Egyptian border for as many 20 terrorist who might still be there. Reflecting on the deadliest day in Israel since he took office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that anyone who attacks Israel will pay "a very heavy price."