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Israel airstrikes hit Hamas compound, killing 2

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March 16, 2011 | 1:22 pm

Israeli airstrikes hit a Hamas compound in the central Gaza Strip, reportedly killing at least two Palestinians.

Wednesday’s strike was in response to a rocket fired on the western Negev earlier in the day, according to the Israeli military. The rocket, which landed in Sderot, caused no damage or injuries.

Palestinian medical officials told news media that two Hamas members were killed in the attack; a third was reported injured. The Palestinian Maan news agency identified the victims as members of Hamas’ Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades.

The compound was located in the former Jewish settlement of Netzarim, Haaretz reported.

More than 60 mortar shells and rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israeli territory since the beginning of 2011.

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