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Palestinian militants resume rocket fire amid airstrikes

July 9, 2014 11:32 A.M. (Updated: July 9, 2014 3:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian militants resumed rocket fire early Wednesday as Israeli airstrikes continued, statements from factional military wings said.

Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades said fighters fired two M-75 missiles at Nevatim military airport in southern Israel at 6:00 a.m.

The airport is 70 kilometers (44 miles) away from Gaza City, the statement said.

It was the first time the al-Qassam Brigades had targeted the airport.

Four more M-75 missiles were fired at Tel Aviv at 8:35 a.m.

The group had announced earlier that it had fired two rockets at Tel Aviv at 1:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, said its militants had fired 10 rockets at the Israeli town of Nir Oz.

The Ali Abu Mustafa Brigades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said it fired 12 rockets and homemade projectiles at Israeli towns bordering Gaza.

A statement from Israel's army said that four rockets hit southern Israel overnight.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army told Ma'an that two rockets fired at "central Israel" were intercepted Wednesday morning, while one landed in central Israel.

Three rockets were intercepted above Ashkelon in southern Israel, while four hit southern Israel.

The rockets caused no damages or injuries that the spokeswoman was aware of.

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed 24 people on Tuesday, most of them civilians. Another Palestinian was killed in an airstrike early Wednesday.

Israel has dubbed its latest air offensive on the Gaza Strip "Operation Protective Edge," saying it comes in response to heavy rocket fire.
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