A tense quiet has taken hold after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel.

School in southern Israel was cancelled on Tuesday following the violence that erupted just two weeks ahead of Israeli elections.

The cross-border fighting was triggered by a surprise rocket fired early Monday from Gaza that slammed into a house in central Israel and wounded seven people. Gaza’s Hamas rulers announced later in the day that Egyptian mediators had brokered a cease-fire but the firing continued.

An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from a Hamas-affiliated insurance company in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from a Hamas-affiliated insurance company in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The attack prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a visit to Washington and return home. He promised a tough response, setting the stage for perhaps the most serious conflict since a 50-day war in 2014.

A police officer inspects the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
A police officer inspects the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Map locates Gaza Strip and Tel Aviv in Israel, where Israeli says it struck Hamas targets in the Gaza in response to rocket fire on Tel Aviv. ;
Map locates Gaza Strip and Tel Aviv in Israel, where Israeli says it struck Hamas targets in the Gaza in response to rocket fire on Tel Aviv. ;
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from the offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from the offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from the offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from the offices of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from Hamas security building in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from Hamas security building in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Israeli Shlomo Moskowitz examines the damage to his house after it was hit by a rocket in Sderot, southern Israel, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli Shlomo Moskowitz examines the damage to his house after it was hit by a rocket in Sderot, southern Israel, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from Hamas security building in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from Hamas security building in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from Hamas security building in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from Hamas security building in Gaza City, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Israeli forces continued to strike targets Tuesday in the Gaza Strip after a rocket attack from the Palestinian territory. (March 26)
Israeli forces continued to strike targets Tuesday in the Gaza Strip after a rocket attack from the Palestinian territory. (March 26)

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