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Israel strikes Gaza overnight, no injuries

Oct. 29, 2012 9:54 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 5:23 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, causing substantial damage but with no reports of injuries.

Gaza brigades also fired 18 rockets into southern Israel overnight, without causing injuries or damage, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for firing at several Israeli military sites "in response to the continued Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip."

An Al-Qassam site was hit in an overnight airstrike east of Khan Younis in south Gaza, causing damage to the site and surrounding area.

Another Al-Qassam building was bombed in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. Witnesses said the site suffered significant damage, and surrounding buildings, including Beit Hanoun municipality building, were also affected.

Residents also reported that a building site was flattened east of Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, and another Israeli strike hit an empty area south of Gaza City.

No injuries have been reported.

The Israeli army said it "targeted a rocket launching site and a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip as well as a terror activity site in the southern Gaza Strip."

It said the strike were "in response to the incessant rocket fire at southern Israel," noting that direct hits were confirmed.

Overnight Saturday, an Israeli airstrike killed a Hamas militant and wounded another in Khan Younis.

The incidents followed a three-day lull since an upsurge in violence last week in which Israel killed at least seven Palestinians, and dozens of rockets were fired at Israeli towns, damaging some homes and wounding several agricultural workers.

Egypt brokered an unofficial truce between Israel and Hamas late Wednesday, after three days of airstrikes on the coastal enclave.
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