Israel Air Force fighter jets launched a strike on Tuesday on what the army called a Hamas center for terrorist activity in the southern Gaza Strip, in response to the militant group's increased activities against Israeli troops and civilians along the border over the past two weeks.
On Tuesday morning, a Qassam rocket struck the Ashkelon area, exploding in an open field near a kindergarten and lightly wounding a teenage girl in a nearby building.
Some 13 rockets have struck the western Negev over the last two days.
The IAF had carried out a series of air strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to the increasing number of attacks emanating from Gaza.
Two militants were wounded in the strikes, which hit a Hamas training camp, smuggling tunnels along Gaza's border with Egypt, and other unpopulated areas, Hamas officials and witnesses said.
According to the IDF spokesman's office, over 200 Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory this year.
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