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Israeli airstrikes target central, northern Gaza Strip

Feb. 11, 2014 9:47 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 10:11 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes rocked northern Gaza City and al-Nuseirat refugee camp early Tuesday, causing damages, security sources and locals said.

Three air-to-surface missiles struck the Abu Jarad militant base in Gaza City, causing a fire to break out, the sources said.

Heavy damages, but no injuries, were reported.

Additionally, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at an open area near Gaza's power plant north of al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Israel's army said in a statement that a rocket fired from Gaza late Monday landed in an open area in southern Israel.

It caused no damages or injuries, according to Israeli news site Ynet.

The army statement said that "in retaliation the IAF targeted an underground rocket launcher in the central Gaza Strip and a terror site in the northern Gaza Strip."

"Direct hits were confirmed," the statement said.

"The IDF targeted sites that were part of the infrastructure utilized to terrorize Israel and its civilians," the statement quoted an IDF spokesman as saying.

"We will continue to act against the threats originating from Hamas' Gaza Strip."

Recent weeks have witnessed an increase in tensions on the Gaza Strip, as Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian protests near the border and launched a number of airstrikes.

Israeli forces killed six Palestinians and injured 41 in attacks on Gaza in January, Gaza's Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in early February.

Palestinian militants, meanwhile, have fired dozens of rockets toward Israel, all of which have all landed in unpopulated areas with no injuries reported.

The Gaza Strip government is under Hamas control. While Hamas itself does not routinely fire rockets, Israel says it holds the group, which seized power in Gaza in 2007, responsible for such attacks.

Hamas and Israel have maintained a fragile ceasefire since November 2012, when Israeli forces launched a major assault that killed around 170 Palestinians.
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