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Rockets pound Israel as air force strikes back in Gaza

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August 19, 2011 | 2:32 pm

A Palestinian inspects the damage to a smuggling tunnel after it was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Aug. 19.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian inspects the damage to a smuggling tunnel after it was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Aug. 19. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A day after terrorist attacks killed 8 Israelis and wounded more than 20, Israeli airstrikes continued to pound targets in Gaza as rockets fell on Israel.

Sixteen rockets were reported fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday. One person was seriously injured after a Grad rocket landed in a yeshiva courtyard in the Israeli city of Ashdod, and five others were treated for moderate injuries or shock.

In northern Lachish an empty building sustained light damage after being struck by two rockets, and the Eshkol Regional Council was also struck, with no damage or injuries reported.

A volley of 10 rockets early Friday morning all landed harmlessly in unpopulated areas.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force continued to retaliate for the previous days attacks. On Friday Israeli planes carried out airstrikes throughout Gaza.

The Jerusalem Post reported that seven Hamas security installations were attacked in Friday morning.

Also Friday, Haaretz reported that a man believed to have been a member of the group that carried out the Thursday attacks killed himself and wounded several Egyptian soldiers in a suicide bombing on the Israeli-Egypt border.

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