"Sirens were just heard across central Israel. A rocket hit in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area," the army wrote on its Twitter account. Violence flared up in the Palestinian territories on Tuesday following the collapse of a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip between Palestinian factions and Israel. Israel launched several airstrikes across the Palestinian territory on Tuesday, leaving a child dead and 25 people injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israeli army said the attacks came in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip despite a temporary ceasefire, which is set to expire at Tuesday midnight. Palestinian resistance faction Hamas has described the Israeli attacks as an attempt to undermine Egypt-hosted negotiations aimed at reaching a permanent ceasefire. At least 2018 Palestinians have been killed and more than 10,000 others injured in more than a month of devastating Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip since July 7. According to Israeli figures, at least 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed in recent ground battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip – the highest military death toll for Israel of any of its three onslaughts on the territory.
Three Israeli civilians, meanwhile, have been killed by rocket fire from Gaza. Since 2007, the Gaza Strip – home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – has reeled under a crippling Israeli blockade that has badly affected the local economy and played havoc with residents' livelihoods.