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Palestinians fire rockets shells into Israel

AFP , Monday 20 Dec 2010
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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired seven mortar shells into southern Israel on Monday but they fell on open ground, causing no casualties, the army said.

Two mortar rounds were fired at Israel on Sunday, hours after Israeli warplanes Saturday night raided on central Gaza, killing five militants as they were about to launch a rocket attack, according to the army and witnesses.

The airstrike was one of the deadliest since Israel's 22-day war against Gaza's Hamas rulers, code named Operation Cast Lead, which began at the end of December 2008 and cost the lives of 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 13 Israelis, 10 of them soldiers.

Since Operation Cast Lead, the number of rocket attacks has dropped considerably, but the Israeli army says more than 200 rockets or shells, have been fired this year.

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