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Israeli planes strike Gaza terror sites in response to rocket fire

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September 10, 2012 | 9:05 am

Israeli airstrikes hit four terror-related Gaza sites.

The early Monday morning strikes by the Air Force on a weapon manufacturing facility, a terror activity site and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, were in "direct response" to rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Direct hits were confirmed on the sites, according to the IDF.

Five Palestinians, including two children, were injured in the attacks, according to Palestinian news agencies. Shrapnel from one Israeli missile hit a civilian home, injuring three residents, Haaretz reported, citing Hamas security sources.

Some 15 rockets have hit Israel since the beginning of the month. Early Sunday morning, a long-range Grad rocket fired from Gaza destroyed one home and seriously damaged another in the southern Israeli city of Netivot. A second rocket hit Beersheba. Following the attacks, school was canceled Sunday in Beersheba, as well as in two other southern Israeli cities, Ashdod and Omer.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man who reportedly threw a firebomb at Israeli soldiers Monday morning at a checkpoint in Hebron was shot by the soldiers. He is being treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.

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