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Israel strikes Gaza after militants fire rockets

Palestinian high school students demonstrate skills they learned in a Hamas-run military training program during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

JERUSALEM: Israel's military says it has carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip after militants there launched five rockets toward Israel. A Gaza health official says five Palestinians were lightly wounded in the Israeli air strikes.

The military says all five rockets fired toward southern Israel early on Thursday were intercepted by the army's Iron Dome anti-missile battery system. The rockets caused no injuries or damage.

In response to the rocket fire, the army says it has hit targets in Gaza, including a rocket launcher and weapons facilities.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says four children and their mother were taken to the hospital with light shrapnel wounds from the strikes.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Gaza for the rocket firing.

 

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