IAF Jets Strike Gaza Tunnels, Wounding Eight Palestinians

IDF says strike responds to over 40 rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli territory since start of 2011; Gaza health ministry says one strike set fire to a Health Ministry medicine warehouse.

Officials in Israel and Gaza said Wednesday that Israel Air Force  jets have carried out retaliatory airstrikes in the territory after militants launched rockets into Israel.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya says the airstrikes overnight lightly wounded eight Palestinians. He says one strike set fire to a Health Ministry medicine warehouse in northern Gaza.

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The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the strikes were in response to the firing of five rockets and mortars into Israel on Tuesday. The military said aircraft targeted a tunnel and two other sites used by militants.

"The targeting of the sites was in response to intensive rocket fire into Israeli territory over the course of the day; five military-use projectiles were fired from the Gaza Strip landing in southern Israel," an IDF spokesperson's statement said.

According to the IDF, over 40 mortar shells, Qassam rockets and Grad Rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip and landed in Israeli territory since the beginning of 2011.