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Israeli aircraft strike Gaza targets in retaliation for rocket fire

English.news.cn   2014-01-14 06:31:41            

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli Air Force attacked militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday evening in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory on southern Israel throughout the day, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

Aircraft struck a military facility in central Gaza and a " terror infrastructure" site in southern Gaza, with pilots reporting accurately hitting both targets, the IDF said in a statement.

The strike came shortly after Palestinian militants fired two rockets at the southern Negev desert, about an hour after former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was buried at his family ranch near the Gaza border.

The projectiles hit open areas near civilian communities in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

In a separate attack earlier in the day, militants fired two rockets at the same area shortly before a memorial service for Sharon was set to commence at the parliament in Jerusalem. The rockets were fired into the sea, and caused no injuries.

Following Monday evening's air strikes, a military spokesman Peter Lerner said that the IDF will "seek out Gaza militants and pursue them wherever they may hide."

Security measures at the Sharon family's ranch in the southern Negev desert, where the late premier was laid to rest, were beefed up on Monday due to its close proximity to the Gaza border and concerns that militants would attempt to target the funeral ceremony with rockets.

Local media said two Iron Dome anti-missile batteries were deployed near the Sharon family's ranch, which had been hit by Gaza rockets in the past, as well as hundreds of military and police to protect the dignitaries.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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