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Medics: 2 hurt in Gaza airstrikes

April 4, 2014 10:35 A.M. (Updated: April 6, 2014 11:43 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured in overnight Israeli airstrikes on targets in the Gaza Strip, medics said Friday.

The health ministry in Gaza said a 1-year-old and a 30-year-old man arrived injured at Shifa Hospital after being hit with rocket shrapnel in the al-Maghraqa area in southern Gaza.

Israeli forces targeted 10 sites in Gaza in 15 attacks overnight, hours after the Israeli army said four rockets landed in open areas in the south of Israel.

One airstrike targeted a washing machine factory in Jabaliya refugee camp that caused a fire.

The air force also targeted two sites belonging to Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades south of Gaza City.

Additionally, they targeted the former al-Zahraa police station and a blacksmith workshop in Jabaliya.

In a statement, Israel's military said its aircraft targeted four "terror sites" in the northern Gaza Strip and one additional site in the central Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed, it said.

It also said that Palestinian snipers fired at security personnel near a security fence in the north, causing damage to an armored vehicle. Several hours later, four rockets struck southern Israel, it said.

"Civilians in southern Israel were forced to begin this month with an unacceptable barrage of rockets. Hamas has a responsibility to cease and prevent acts of aggression emanating from the Gaza Strip," said army spokesman Peter Lerner.

He added: "The IDF will retaliate, reciprocate and when required initiate the use of force in order to defend the civilians of the State of Israel from these unlawful terrorist actions."

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