A three-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Friday as Palestinian militants fired a dozen rockets into Israel and the Israeli air force responded by bombing the house of a Hamas commander. Both sides had agreed to hold their fire while Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil visited the Palestinian territory as a sign of solidarity, although Israel warned that it would answer any "hostile fire from Gaza into Israel." Kandil called Israel's attacks a "disaster." Israel has started calling up 16,000 reserve troops, and is massing soldiers, tanks, and armored personnel carriers near Gaza as the threat of all-out war rises. On Thursday, militants fired rockets that hit near the city of Tel Aviv, which Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called a dangerous "escalation."
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