The decision followed rocket shelling of Israel’s territory from the Palestinian enclave on Tuesday.
Israeli-Palestinian relations grew sour after June 12, 2014, when three Jewish teenagers were abducted in the West Bank. Later the teenagers were found killed. Israel accused Palestinian Islamist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) militants of committing the crime.
On July 8, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces announced the start of the operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip against Hamas militants.