Israel's military has struck targets in the Gaza Strip in response to what it says are Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
With Israel now massing forces near the Gaza border, the situation could yet escalate further.
ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports on the situation on the ground in Gaza.
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.