Israeli air attacks, often in response to rocket fire, have killed six Palestinians so far this month [AFP]

At least one Palestinian has been killed and two others injured after Israeli fighter jets bombed three smuggling tunnels running between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Palestinian medics say.

The raids on Wednesday were said to be a response to mortars and rockets fired earlier in the day from Gaza on Israeli settlements, including Naqab, Ashoul and Ashkelon.

The violence follows clashes between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, which began on September 1.

So far this month, five Israeli air attacks on various targets in Gaza have killed six people - including three who Israel confirmed as innocent - and injured eight more.

Palestinians in the Gaza strip have fired 12 mortars and six rockets into Israel, resulting in no reported injuries on the Israeli side.

Wednesday's violence comes as direct peace talks continue in Jerusalem between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Hamas, which won elections in Gaza in 2006 and then seized full control of the enclave the following year, is not participating in the talks.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies