Israeli troops exchange fire with Gaza


(JTA) — Palestinians fired a rocket at Israel after a retaliatory strike in Gaza by Israeli aircraft.

A Palestinian Qassam rocket on Friday exploded south of Ashkelon, near the border between Gaza and Israel, Army Radio reported. It caused no damage.

The rocket landed after an Israeli aircraft struck several targets in the Gaza Strip. The air strikes were in retaliation for the launching of four rockets from Gaza into Israel Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.

The statement said that Palestinian snipers on Thursday fired at security personnel near the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip, causing damage to an armored vehicle.

A 30-year-old man and a baby were injured from shrapnel in the Israeli air strikes, according to a report Friday by the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that quoted officials from Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry. The report did not elaborate on their condition.

According to the IDF, the aircraft struck four targets in the northern strip and another in its center. Ma’an reported hits on 10 sites in Gaza in 15 attacks overnight.

Two targeted sites belonged to Hamas militiamen, according to the report; others were a former police station at al-Zahraa and a blacksmith workshop in Jabaliya. One air strike targeted a washing-machine factory in Jabaliya refugee camp that caused a fire, Ma’an reported.

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