Gaza City - Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip
overnight wounded a woman and four children, Palestinian medical sources said on
Thursday, with Israel saying it had struck in retaliation for rocket fire.
The five civilians were hit by shrapnel but their wounds
were not life-threatening, the sources said.
Israel's army confirmed the strikes, saying they were in
response to rockets fired from Gaza on Wednesday night, five of which were
intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defence system.
"Tonight, Iron Dome once more proved its efficiency
in protecting the civilians of Israel," military spokesperson Lieutenant
Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement.
The retaliatory air strikes targeted "an underground
rocket-launcher, a weapon storage facility and a weapon manufacturing site, all
in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed," he said.
Palestinian security officials said one of the strikes
targeted a training camp of the Ezzedine al-Qaddam Brigades, the armed wing of
the Islamist Hamas movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.
In a previous raid on Monday, jets retaliated to rockets
fired on southern Israel following the burial of former prime minister Ariel
Sharon at his ranch near the border with Gaza.