Exchange of fire over Gaza border

Palestinians fire rocket into Israel after Hamas targets are hit by Israeli warplanes in rising cross-border violence.

    A Hamas security compound was hit in an Israeli air raid late on Thursday [EPA]

    A rocket fired from the the Gaza Strip has exploded in Israel after the Israeli military launched air raids against Hamas targets in the Palestinian territory, witnesses and officials have said.

    No injuries or damage were reported after the Qassam rocket landed in the southern Shaar Hanegev area on Friday morning.

    Hamas officials said five Palestinians were wounded in the Israeli raids late on Thursday, targeting a Hamas security compound in Gaza city.

    A smuggling tunnel along Gaza's border with Egypt was also bombed by Israeli aircraft.

    The Israeli military confirmed the raids, saying they came in response to a rocket and a mortar bomb fired from Gaza into Israel.

    At least six rockets or mortar rounds have been fired from Gaza into Israel since Monday.

    Two Palestinians were killed when Israeli air raids targeted smuggling tunnels last Saturday.

    The Hamas movement, which runs the de facto government Gaza, has vowed to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in the coming weeks in an effort to undermine talks between Israel and the Palestinian that the group has described as "useless".

    SOURCE: Agencies


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