The Israeli military traded fire with Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip for a third day on Friday, in the worst escalation of violence in Israel’s southern border area since the two sides fought a war in 2014.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, convened his security cabinet, or inner circle of ministers who advise him on defence, to discuss the growing tensions.

The fighting came as Israeli forces were working to uncover tunnels dug by the Islamist group. Israel’s military said its aircraft had attacked what it called “Hamas terror infrastructure” in the southern part of Gaza on Friday. It accused Hamas of repeatedly firing mortar rounds at its forces while they were working near the security barrier that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip. […]