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Israeli airstrikes target Gaza refugee camp

Jan. 13, 2014 6:34 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 10:30 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes on Monday targeted al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip after rockets fired by Palestinians landed in southern Israel.

A Ma'an reporter in Gaza said that no injuries were reported but Israeli jets were still overhead.

Israeli armed forces said in a statement that planes had "targeted two terror sites in the central and southern Gaza Strip," which were "used to enhance terror capabilities against Israel."

"Direct hits were confirmed," the statement added.

Israeli media reported that three rockets were fired at Israeli sites from Gaza including two during the funeral of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday.

A Ynet report said that there were no injuries or damage as a result of the rockets, which landed in an open area near the border fence.

The report added that Israeli forces were not "planning to respond."

The rockets came toward the end of Sharon's funeral, which took place at his ranch near Sderot in southern Israel.

Sharon died on Saturday after eight years in a coma.

Sharon is remembered in the wider Middle East as leading Israel's devastating 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which killed up to 20,000 people, and for presiding over the massacre of around 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut.
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