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UPDATE: Israeli Air Force Strikes Hamas Targets In Gaza As Troops Shelled Near Border

The Times of Israel reports: Israeli warplanes struck several Hamas targets near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, in response to a series of cross-border attacks this week on Israeli troops.

The Israeli military confirmed that IAF aircraft “targeted four Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza Strip.”

There were no immediate reports of casualties during the air raids, which Palestinian security sources said landed in farmlands near the border.

The air raids came after Palestinians fired another round of mortar shells from the southern Gaza Strip Thursday afternoon at Israeli troops operating on the Gaza frontier. IDF forces responded with tank fire, shelling nearby “suspicious” sites believed to be the source of the mortar launches, the military said.

“Since May 3, 2016, Hamas has repeatedly fired and launched mortar rounds against forces during operational defensive activities adjacent to the security fence with the Gaza Strip. This is the 10th incident in the past two days,” the military said in a statement Thursday.

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