Israel launches air raids on Gaza Strip
Israel launched three air strikes on the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday and resistance fighters fired a rocket into southern Israel, hours after Gaza groups said they were ready for a ceasefire. The air raids hit an uninhabited area to the west of Gaza City, without causing any casualties, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.
In a statement, the Israeli army said the strikes targeted a weapons facility and two rocket launch sites.
The raids came after renewed rocket fire on Monday, with resistance fighters firing at least 15 missiles into Israel, the army said, adding another four were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
On Tuesday morning, an additional rocket was fired, an army spokeswoman said, with Israeli media reporting it was a Grad missile that landed near the town of Ashdod, south of Tel Aviv.
Despite the continued fire, the latest rocket fire represented a significant drop from the peak of a flare-up between Saturday and Sunday night. Dozens of rockets were fired into southern Israel during that period, injuring four, with Israel carrying out air strikes, shelling and artillery fire that left six Palestinians dead by Sunday morning, four civilians and two fighters.
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