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Palestinians run as smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip, Feb. 6, 2017.

Gazan officials reported few cars were out in the streets and many people stayed at home fear additional attacks.

Tensions erupted along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip after the Israeli army fired rockets Monday targeting Hamas in the Palestinian territories.

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“Ground, air strikes destroy very significant Hamas targets,” the Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Gazan officials reported few cars were out in the streets and many people stayed at home fear additional attacks.

Other reports say a Palestinian fisherman was injured after Israeli military aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes, in yet another act of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal territory.

Haaretz reported that a top Hamas official blamed Israel for the escalation, saying it was “another chapter in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.”

The attacks came after the Israeli army claimed that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in the Eshkol regional council. The projectile reportedly did not cause any injuries or damage. Israel responded by pounding Hamas with tanks and by air.

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The exchange of fire comes a day after a Hamas field commander, Mohammed Kuka died in an explosion. The circumstances of that explosion were not clear.

The latest Israeli violent offensive against Gaza took place in 2014 and lasted for 50 days. It ended Aug. 26 with an Egyptian-brokered truce, which took effect after negotiations in Cairo.

Palestinian experts say it will cost more than US$7.5 billion to rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip and take over five years, as long as Israel allows construction materials to enter the enclave.

Almost 2,140 Palestinians, including a large number of women, children and elderly people, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Around 11,000 others were injured.

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