Smoke rises from an explosion following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, March 10, 2012.
Smoke rises from an explosion following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, March 10, 2012. Photo by AP
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Israel launched two air strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight, wounding five Palestinians, including a woman and her child, local media and officials said Monday. The Israel Defense Forces said the strikes were in response to rockets fired at southern Israel.

The five were wounded when a metal workshop was bombed in northern Rafah, near the border with Egypt.

A site in southern Gaza City of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement ruling Gaza, was also bombed, but no casualties were immediately reported there.

An IDF statement confirmed the airstrikes, saying the targets in Rafah and southern Gaza City were a weapons workshop and a site used for militant activity, respectively.

Palestinian militants have launched more than 275 rockets and mortar shells from Gaza at Israel since January, it added.

On Sunday night, a Qassam rocket was fired toward the Eshkol Regional Council. No one was wounded.

Overnight Friday, rockets were fired toward Ovda and Mitzpeh Ramon, which Israeli security officials say were launched after a request by senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Remains of a rocket, 12 millimeters in diameter, were found Saturday morning near Ovda, which is north of Eilat.