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Israeli army strikes Gaza Strip overnight

The air and land attack took place shortly after the first anniversary of the assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader
Israeli air strikes, like the one pictured in the town of Khan Younis on 23 October 2020, are a regular occurrence in Gaza (AFP)

The Israeli army said it struck Hamas positions in the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday morning.

On Twitter, the army said it had "struck Hamas underground infrastructure & military posts in Gaza". An army source told AFP in a WhatsApp message that fighter jets, helicopters and tanks were deployed.

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The air strikes reportedly occurred after two rockets were fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip late on Saturday, the Israeli army said, although there were no immediate reports of any damage or wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the rockets.

Security sources in Gaza said there were a number of strikes overnight, including in Khan Younis, Rafah and Beit Hanoun, without reporting any casualties.

The air strikes came days after the anniversary of the assassination of senior Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu al-Atta, the group's commander in the northern Gaza Strip, and his wife Asmaa, in a strike on their home in Gaza City on 12 November last year.

The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli-led siege since 2007.

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