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Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

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Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes today after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.

One of the Israeli airstrikes appeared to have targeted Mohammed Deif, the Islamic militant group’s elusive military chief, who has escaped numerous Israeli assassination attempts in the past.

A Hamas spokesman said Deif was not present during the strike on a Gaza house. Five people were…

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