Gaza rocket fire draws Israeli airstrikes

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, and Israel's military responded with a pair of airstrikes, officials said.
An Israeli soldier stands near an Iron Dome anti-missile battery system, on the far left, near the southern city of Sderot, Israel, on Dec. 25. 2013. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel on Thursday and Israel's military responded with a pair of airstrikes, officials said. (Tsafrir Abayov/Associated Press)

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, and Israel's military responded with a pair of airstrikes, officials said.

The rockets from Gaza fell in open areas, causing no damage or injuries, Israel's military said. It said its aircraft then hit a weapon manufacturing facility and a weapon storage facility in the enclave, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas.

One Palestinian was wounded by the airstrikes, medical workers said.

The cross-border violence followed a flare-up on Tuesday in which a Gaza sniper shot dead an Israeli civilian over the border.

Israel hit back with airstrikes on two Hamas training camps which hospital officials said killed a Palestinian girl near one of the targets.