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Israel Strikes Gaza Militant Sites     08/13 06:12


   GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Israeli military said it struck Hamas 
militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Thursday in response to continued 
launches of explosives-laden balloons from the Palestinian territory into 

   The military said its targets included a compound used by Hamas' naval force 
and underground infrastructure and observation posts. There were no immediate 
reports of casualties on either side.

   Israel and Hamas have fought three wars and numerous smaller flareups since 
the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007.

   The enemies have largely observed an unofficial truce in recent months, but 
recent days have seen a resurgence of the incendiary balloons militants have 
sent from Gaza that have set off heavy fires in neighboring Jewish agricultural 

   Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire out of the coastal enclave. As 
part of its reprisal, Israel also announced it would halt the import of fuel 
into the Gaza Strip and reduce the fishing area off the Gaza coast.

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