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Israel launches airstrikes on northern Gaza Strip

Dec. 7, 2015 10:20 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 4:17 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli military forces launched airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, targeting a training site used by Hamas' military wing, locals and Israel's army said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at the Tunis military training ground, reportedly used by the Al-Qassam Brigades, in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City, causing noticeable material damage but no injuries.

The Israeli army said it was responding to incidents of gunfire from the besieged enclave. On Friday and Sunday gunshots fired from Gaza caused damage to Israeli army vehicles patrolling the territory.

"In response to the shootings, an IAF aircraft targeted a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said.

Sporadic rocket fire has come from the Gaza Strip this year and has been met with retaliatory Israeli attacks, with the military making at least 49 incursions into the enclave since the start of 2015, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Last month an Israeli airstrike killed a two-year-old Palestinian and her pregnant mother inside their home.

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