Air force strikes Gaza in response to mortar fire

No injuries or damage reported

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Air force helicopters fired on terrorist operatives in an open area near Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday evening, Ynet News reported.

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The air force’s retaliatory strike came shortly after three mortars landed in the Eshkol region earlier on Thursday.

No injuries or damage were reported in either incident.

The exchange of fire follows two weeks of relative calm after Israel agreed on a ceasefire with the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, in an Egyptian-brokered deal.

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