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Israeli warplanes carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip early today after a militant rocket earlier struck southern Israel.

Palestinian security sources said the strikes, the first since the end of the deadly eight-day confrontation between Israel and Hamas militants in November, hit two spots; one close to Gaza City and the other was near frontier with Israel. No one was reportedly injured.

The Israeli military confirmed two attacks, according to AFP .

“In response to several rocket fire incidents directed at Israel, an Israel Air Force aircraft targeted overnight two extensive terror sites in the Northern Gaza Strip,” it said in a statement.

On Tuesday Gaza militants fired a rocket into southern Israel after the death in custody of a Palestinian who suffered from cancer, Israeli police said.

“There was a rocket that was fired,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “It landed in an open area,” he said, adding there were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage.

Earlier on Tuesday Palestinian witnesses told AFP that militants in Gaza City had fired three mortar rounds on Israel.

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