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Air force strikes targets in Gaza

IDF Spokesperson says airstrikes are in response to rocket fire on southern Israel

Smoke rises following an Israeli Air Force airstrike in the Gaza Strip in June (Photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/ Flash 90)
Smoke rises following an Israeli Air Force airstrike in the Gaza Strip in June (Photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/ Flash 90)

The Israeli Air Force struck four targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, in response to rocket attacks in recent days on southern Israel.

The targets were described as a weapons manufacturing facility, a terrorist cell and a tunnel in northern Gaza, as well as a smuggling tunnel in the southern part of the Strip.

The Gaza-based Safa news outlet reported that two children were lightly injured from shrapnel in a strike on a tunnel in Rafah, on the border with Egypt.

The Maan news agency reported earlier that the IAF had struck a training facility in eastern Gaza. According to Safa, the facility belonged to Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas.

Other Palestinian sources reported a third strike on an unpopulated area in the northern part of the Strip.

On Sunday evening, the radical Salafi group Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem, operating in the Strip and in the Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility for rocket attacks overnight Saturday on Netivot and Beersheba.

One Grad rocket struck a house in Netivot, causing extensive damage to the building, as well as to the house next door. A second bomb landed in an open area in Beersheba. School was canceled Sunday in Beersheba and Ashdod.

On Friday, two rockets fired from Gaza landed in open areas in the Sdot Negev region.

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