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Israel aircraft hits Gaza for first time since August truce

By AFP - Dec 20,2014 - Last updated at Dec 20,2014

GAZA CITY — Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for the first time since an August truce ended 50 days of war after a rocket hit Israel, witnesses and the army said early Saturday.

A spokesman for Gaza's health ministry said there were no casualties in the air strike, which came just hours after the rocket hit an open field in southern Israel on Friday without causing casualties or damage.

It was only the third instance of rocket fire from Gaza since the August 26 truce between Israel and the territory's Islamist de facto rulers Hamas.

The Israeli army said the air strike had "targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure site".

Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said the "Hamas terrorist organisation is responsible and accountable" for the rocket fire, which he said the army viewed "with severity".

Hamas did not claim responsibility for the rocket launch but Israel holds the Islamist movement responsible for any rocket fire from Gaza regardless of who carries it out.

The summer war between Israel and Hamas killed 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.

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