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Rockets and mortars from Gaza have pummeled southern Israel, drawing Israeli airstrikes that killed a Palestinian militant.

Israeli police say more than 50 rockets and mortars landed in Israel early Wednesday, following a volley the night before.

22 of the rockets landed in the Eshkol region while 21 landed in the Lachish region, according to the Israel Police. The Iron Dome intercepted seven rockets, according to an IDF spokesman.

The Israeli military says its aircraft struck Gaza twice early Wednesday.

Gaza health official Dr. Ashraf al-Kidra says a Palestinian militant was killed in one of the air attacks.

Residents of the southern Gaza village of Khouzai say a mosque there was hit for the second time in weeks.

Hamas officials say security forces have been ordered to evacuate their bases, fearing Israeli retaliation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the order.

Associated Press

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