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Israel launches airstrike on north Gaza, no injuries

Oct. 10, 2012 10:00 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 12:56 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel launched an airstrike overnight Tuesday on the northern Gaza Strip, Ma'an's correspondent said.

The strike targeted Beit Lahiya and caused material damage to several homes, with no injuries reported.

Israel's army said it targeted a "terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip," and identified direct hits. Four rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight, a military spokeswoman said.

Islamist militant faction the Shura Council of Mujahideen and the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine both claimed responsibility for rocket fire late Tuesday, a statement said.

Militant groups affiliated to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah have launched a volley of rockets across the Gaza border since Sunday in response to an Israeli airstrike on a busy neighborhood in Rafah that killed one Palestinian and injured 10 others, including five children.

Israel's army said it had targeted two jihadi militants.

On Monday, Israeli forces fired a barrage of artillery shells on the southern Gaza Strip injuring five Palestinians and damaging a mosque and a water tower. Five schools in southern Gaza were evacuated Monday for safety reasons, the Ministry of Education said.

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