Fighting in Israel and Gaza, in Photos

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel warned on Sunday of a “long and difficult war” ahead, a day after Palestinian militants launched one of the biggest attacks in years from the Gaza Strip, sending thousands of rockets into central and southern parts of the country as heavily armed gunmen crossed border fences into Israeli communities.

Israel responded with heavy airstrikes on Gazan cities, which continued into Sunday morning. Hamas, a militant group that controls Gaza, also continued to fire rockets into Israel overnight.

Here are images from the confrontation.

This gallery contains graphic images.

Israeli soldiers leaving a shelter after rocket sirens were sounded in Sderot, Israel, as they searched for remaining Hamas gunmen from Gaza in a residential neighborhood near where gunmen had taken over a police station.

A building in Tel Aviv a day after it was hit.

A building damaged in strikes in Gaza City.

An injured woman with her child after an Israeli airstrike near their house in the central Gaza Strip.

Searching through the rubble of a house in the Gazan town of Khan Younis.

A blindfolded Palestinian prisoner speaking to a member of the Israeli security forces on the border with Gaza, near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Gabriel Trigun taking cover beside his car as rockets launched from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome air-defense system in Sderot.

A rocket fired from Gaza landing in Sderot.

Palestinian citizens inspecting their property in Gaza City.

Palestinians carrying the body of one of their relatives who was killed in the Israeli raids on Gaza City.

A mother crying next to the body of her son — who was killed in the Israeli raids — on the grounds of Al-Shifa Hospital.

A mosque destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers in an assembly area near the Gaza Strip.

An infant sleeping in a dining room in Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev after being rescued with a family that was hiding in a house in Kibbutz Kfar.

A woman running to the concrete shelter at her home in Ashkelon, Israel, after a rocket siren sounded.

Rockets being fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip. The assault began without warning at about 6:30 a.m. on the Jewish Sabbath, and almost 50 years to the day since a surprise attack by Egyptian and Syrian forces on Israel that set off the 1973 war.

A resident of Ashkelon, about 10 miles north of the Gaza Strip, looking out the window of his family’s apartment at destruction caused by a rocket fired from Gaza.

The bodies of Israelis killed by Palestinian militants who entered from the Gaza Strip lay covered in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

Palestinian militants riding a seized Israeli military vehicle.

Members of Israeli security forces carrying a wounded person in Ashkelon. Israel’s Health Ministry said more than 1,400 people had been wounded.

The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza.

Palestinian children looking toward the sky as they hear the sound of airstrikes. Families sought refuge at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency school in Gaza.

Smoke rising after Israeli strikes in Gaza. Dozens of Israeli fighter jets hit targets in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

Bodies strewn on a road in Sderot, Israel. Israeli civilians were killed by gunmen in the area on Saturday, but the total number of victims was not yet clear.

Residents in the Gaza Strip fleeing from near the border with Israel.

Relatives mourning over the bodies of Palestinian militants at the mortuary of a hospital in Gaza City.

Palestinians celebrating over a burned Israeli car in Gaza.

A building ablaze in Tel Aviv after rocket attacks.

Israeli rescue teams tending to a man in a building that received a direct hit in Ashkelon.

A damaged apartment in Ashkelon.

Israelis donating blood in Jerusalem.

An Israeli military vehicle burning after it was hit by Palestinian gunmen.

Smoke rising from a high-rise building in Gaza City after Israeli warplanes targeted it on Saturday.

Members of the Israeli forces taking cover in Ashkelon.

The aftermath of a rocket strike in Ashkelon.

Yeshayahu Foyer, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, at his home in Ashkelon after surveying rocket damage to a house under construction next door.

An aerial view of Ashkelon showing vehicles on fire as rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli woman mourning a relative killed by Palestinian militants in Sderot.

Palestinians breaking into the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border fence.

Carrying the body of a Palestinian militant killed in Gaza.

Residents of Ashkelon, Israel, reacting after learning that over 200 Israelis had been killed in attacks around the country on Saturday. The residents were gathered at a synagogue, which doubles as a bomb shelter, to observe Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday celebrating the end of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings.

A child retrieved a toy from his family’s home, which was damaged by a nearby strike in Gaza City.

Smoke rising in the Rehovot area, south of Tel Aviv, as rockets were launched from Gaza.

Looking out of a damaged building in Ashkelon.

The aftermath of an airstrike in Gaza City.

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