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Netanyahu orders 'forceful' retaliation to Gaza fire

Israeli Merkava tanks roll towards a new position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave August 5, 2014. (AFP Photo/David Buimovitch)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to retaliate after rocket attacks by Gaza Palestinian militants followed the end of a three-day truce Friday, an official said.

"The Israeli prime minister and defense minister have ordered the IDF to retaliate forcefully to the Hamas breach of the cease-fire," an official said in a statement.

The army confirmed it had "targeted terror sites across the Gaza Strip," with a spokeswoman telling AFP that no Israeli soldiers had entered the Palestinian territory.

The Palestinian Interior Ministry and witnesses said Israeli warplanes struck Jabalya in northern Gaza, as well as Gaza City and the center of the Palestinian enclave.

No casualties were immediately reported.

Witnesses also reported artillery shelling east and north of Gaza City.

 

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