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      IAF Airstrikes Target Terror Sites in Gaza

      IAF aircraft strike several terror targets in Gaza in retaliation for latest wave of rocket attacks.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 10/29/2012, 2:13 AM

      Aftermath of rocket attack
      Aftermath of rocket attack
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      The IDF Spokesperson announced that IAF aircraft struck terror targets in Gaza overnight Sunday.

      The targets included a center of terrorist activity and a rocket launching area in northern Gaza, as well as a center of terrorist activity in southern Gaza, said the IDF statement.

      Direct hits were identified and all Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases.

      The attack was a response to high trajectory fire into Israeli territory, said the IDF. On Sunday morning, Gaza-based terrorists fired two Grad missiles at the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva.

      The missiles exploded in an open area near the city and did not cause any physical injuries or damages. The city later announced that schools would be closed because of the attack.

      On Saturday night, two Qassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district. There were no physical injuries and no damage to property. The IDF retaliated by hitting a terrorist cell in Gaza.

      Rocket attacks on southern Israel are ongoing, but an escalation in attacks was recorded this week as Gaza-based terrorists fired more than 80 rockets at the region on Wednesday alone.

      Three people were wounded, two of them seriously, and three homes were hit in a morning rocket barrage.

      By Wednesday night it was reported that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had been reached between Hamas and Israel. That ceasefire, however, was broken after several hours, when terrorists again fired a mortar shell at the Eshkol district.