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Gaza rockets hit city near Tel Aviv

Nov. 15, 2012 5:47 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 16, 2012 11:19 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Rockets fired from Gaza reached an Israeli city near Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon for the first time as cross-border violence continued for a second day.

Israel's army said a projectile hit an open area near Rishon Lezion, a city 12 km south of Tel Aviv. The Israeli daily Haaretz said two rockets had landed, but no casualties were reported.

Israeli media reports said the rocket came down near an amusement park in sand dunes on the edge of the city.

Hamas' armed wing the al-Qassam Brigades said it had fired two rockets in the vicinity of Tel Aviv. Israel's military said 245 rockets were fired at Israel since Wednesday.

Resistance fighters from different factions continued to claim responsibility for rockets fire at military sites and across the border Thursday as the death toll in Gaza reached 15.

A rocket fired from Gaza early Thursday struck an apartment building in southern Israel, killing three Israelis.

The al-Qassam Brigades, which vowed to respond to Israel's assassination of its top commander on Wednesday, said it fired rockets, mortars and missiles at Israeli military bases and sites in southern Israel.

The Popular Resistance Committees' an-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades fired grad rockets at Israeli sites, including an intelligence base and the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds Brigades, fired projectiles toward southern Israeli towns and military bases.

The National Resistance Brigades, Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades the al-Umma army and the al-Mujahidin Brigades also said they fired cross-border rockets.

Gaza death toll reaches 15

The death toll in Gaza rose to 15 on Thursday as a Palestinian child succumbed to wounds sustained earlier and a man's body was found buried in the rubble of an Israeli airstrike.

Eighteen-month-old Walid al-Abadleh succumbed to his injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza early Thursday.

The body of a 52-year-old man was also pulled out of the rubble of an airstrike in the al-Amoudi area in the northern Gaza Strip.

Overall, medics say 15 Palestinians have died and 150 were injured in the 24 hours since Israel began a major escalation in Gaza and assassinated a senior Hamas military commander.

Earlier al-Qassam members Rami Hamad and Khaled Abu Nasr were killed in an airstrike east of Jabaliya refugee camp. Their bodies were taken to the Kamal Adwan hospital, medics told Ma'an.

Before that Israel killed a senior police official and two al-Qassam Brigade members.

A separate airstrike targeted the Shujaiyya area of Gaza City, injuring six Palestinians including three children and a pregnant woman, medics said. Another airstrike in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip injured four Palestinians including a woman.

On Wednesday evening, a pregnant woman, a 7-year-old boy and an 11-month-old baby were among at least eight Palestinians killed when Israel broke an Egypt-mediated truce by assassinating Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari.

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