Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory slammed into southern Israel.
“Three bombs were dropped by the air force on a Hamas military base east of Nusseirat refugee camp,” south of Gaza city, a Palestinian security source said.The planes also made two raids against Hamas lookout posts along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, and on a base of its military wing in the north of the strip, the source said.
Israeli tanks along the border fired at several targets.
The Gaza health ministry said four people were wounded, none of them seriously.
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman confirmed the strikes, blaming Hamas.
“We have no intention to initiate a military action in Gaza but we have no intention to accept sporadic fire,” Lieberman said at a meeting of his political party.
Hamas said Israel carried “full responsibility” for what it called a “dangerous escalation.”
Before dawn the Israeli military said “a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open southern Israel”. There were no casualties.
Early in February, Israel hit Gaza with tank fire and air strikes that wounded three Palestinians in response to a projectile fired from the Palestinian territory which did not inflict casualties.

Palestinian woman shot at West Bank crossing
A Palestinian woman suspected of intending to attack Israeli guards at a West Bank checkpoint into Jerusalem was shot and injured by security forces yesterday, police said.
 The 30-year-old woman walked towards the guards at the Qalandia checkpoint using the vehicle-only lane “all the time clutching her handbag in a way that made them suspicious”, police spokeswoman Luba Samri wrote in a statement.
 She had ignored repeated orders to halt and they opened fire.
 The Palestinian woman was lightly injured and taken by Israeli ambulance for medical treatment, Samri added, without specifying if any suspect items were found in her handbag.  Since a wave of violence broke out in October 2015, 252 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have died.

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