Rocket fire from Gaza draws Israel aircraft strike

Associated Press
Smoke trails of rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip towards Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortars on Wednesday, and Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinians in a sharp escalation of violence following a landmark visit to the coastal territory by the leader of Qatar. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Smoke trails of rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip towards Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortars on Wednesday, and Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinians in a sharp escalation of violence following a landmark visit to the coastal territory by the leader of Qatar. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says its aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket launching pad and an unidentified militant activity site in the Gaza Strip in response to persistent rocket and mortar fire from the coastal territory.

The military also says Gaza militants launched 11 rockets and mortars into southern Israel early on Monday. No casualties were reported on either side.

The hostilities undercut a brittle, informal truce that went into effect last week after the worst outbreak of violence between the two sides in months.

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