Israeli military artillery and helicopters shelled over night and at dawn several areas in Rafah and Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza strip; at least five residents, including an infant and an aged woman, were injured.

The Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, reported that Israeli military Apaches shelled on Tuesday at dawn a residential area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; five residents, including three family members, were injured.

A medical source in Rafah reported that a 65-year-old woman and a 4-month-old infant were injured as the Israeli apaches shelled Al Ihsan charitable society, located in the heavily populated Al Shaboura neighborhood in Rafah.

The aged woman suffered serious injured, the rest of the injuries were described as moderate.

Also, Israeli soldiers shelled several targets in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, including an office which belongs to Fateh party in Beit Hanoun, no injuries were reported.

Military boats fired several missiles at Al Soudaniyya area, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip causing damage.

An Israeli military source claimed that army Air Force targeted what was described as Qassam launching sites in Gaza.

“Helicopter gunships struck an office which belongs to Al Aqsa brigades, the military wing of Fateh”, Army source reported, “Another office which belongs to the Islamic Jihad was struck in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip”.

Israeli artillery shelled northern Gaza

Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli artillery shelled several Palestinian targets in the northern part of the Gaza Strip; Israeli military sources claimed that the shelled areas were used areas to fire homemade shells at the Israeli Negev town of Sderot.

According to Israeli military source, military warplanes broke the sound barrier over the Gaza Strip following the shelling, but the planes fired no additional missiles.

A Palestinian security source in Gaza reported that at least three missiles were fired at the Bedouin village area, in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip; no injuries were reported as the missiles detonated in open areas close to the village.

Al Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic, Jihad stated that firing the homemade shells at Sderot comes in retaliation to the assassination of one of its leaders in the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

Earlier on Monday, Israeli planes dropped leaflets over Beit Hanoun calling the residents to leave their homes especially in the areas which are in the range of military shells.

Also on Monday, soldiers closed on Monday at night, the Erez and Karni crossings which link the Gaza Strip with Israel.