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In brief: Israeli aircraft hit targets in Gaza

Mon., June 24, 2013

JERUSALEM – Israel’s military said its aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip after rockets from the territory were launched at Israel.

The military said it hit two weapons storage facilities and a rocket launch site early today. No injuries were reported.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said six rockets were fired at Israel overnight, causing no damage or injuries. The military said two rockets were intercepted by the missile defense system known as “Iron Dome.” The other four landed in open areas.

Bombings kill 20 throughout Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria – Suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district there Sunday, killing at least eight people, the latest in a surge of civil war violence in the capital.

In northern Syria, a car bomb killed 12 soldiers in Aleppo, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists in Syria for information. It had no other details, and the government did not comment.

In neighboring Lebanon, meanwhile, fierce clashes erupted between the Lebanese military and supporters of a hard-line Sunni Muslim cleric, in the latest spillover from Syria. Six Lebanese soldiers were killed, according to the army, which vowed to hit back with an “iron hand.”

The fighting broke out in Sidon after supporters of Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, a virulent critic of the powerful Shiite militant Hezbollah group, opened fire on an army checkpoint.


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