Health officials in Gaza say 46 people have been killed and 440 people wounded since Israel's military operation, dubbed Pillar of Defense, began Wednesday.
Israel is reporting three deaths from a Hamas rocket attack in the southern community of Kiryat Malachi. At least 18 Israelis have been wounded, including five civilians and four Israeli soldiers wounded by rocket fire from Gaza, the military said.
For days, Israel has been using airstrikes to target what it describes as rocket-launching sites operated by Hamas and other militant groups. Israeli airstrikes have hit more more than 830 targets in Gaza since the operation began, the IDF said.
The IDF, which describes Hamas-run Gaza as a "front-line base" for its adversary, Iran, said it targeted a Hamas base in southern Gaza and two Hamas operatives on Saturday, one in charge of smuggling and an air defense official.
Palestinian militants, meanwhile, launched a barrage of rockets at southern Israel, including four that hit the coastal community of Ashdod, the IDF said. One of the rockets hit a house and another landed near a kindergarten, the IDF said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The Izzedine Al Qassam Brigades said its fighters shelled the Zikim military base near Ashkelon and the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Beer Sheva.
The group also claimed Saturday to have shot down an Israeli F-16 over the Mediterranean Sea. It didn't say when the downing allegedly occurred.
An IDF spokeswoman denied the claim, saying all aircraft are accounted for.
"It didn't happen and we have no record of it," said the spokeswoman, who could not be named in line with policy.
Hamas accused Israeli warplanes of hitting an apartment building Saturday in the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza, killing at least three people and wounding more than 30, according to Hamas-run al Aqsa TV. Footage broadcast by al-Aqsa showed people clamoring over smoking ruins, searching for survivors.
Palestinians incensed by Israel's offensive took to the streets in the West Bank, the Palestinian territory whose government is dominated by the Fatah movement.
Four people were seriously wounded in Beitanya near Ramallah when Israeli soldiers fired "high-velocity projectiles" toward demonstrators, Palestinian medical sources said. Seven others were lightly injured by rubber steel-coated bullets and tear gas inhalation, the sources said.
In Bait Omar, demonstrators attempted to march out of the village but were stopped by Israeli soldiers, who fired stun grenades and tear gas.
Fatah and Hamas have been fierce rivals in recent years. Fatah is more moderate on Israel than Hamas, and Hamas leaders have engaged in peace talks with Israel over the years.
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