The Israeli army heavy artillery shelled east and north areas of the Gaza strip, Friday morning, a Palestinian source reported.

The shelling targeted residential areas in Al Shagai’a area, Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun and Tel Al-Za’tar towns, causing damage to the residents’ houses, the source added.

Several civilians were treated for shock including children and women, said medical sources.

The shelling came after Palestinian resistance fighters fired two home-made projectiles at Israeli targets outside of the Gaza Strip.  

Palestinian resistance fighters declared they fired two projectiles one of which landed in Sderot, to the northwest of the Gaza Strip, causing damage to some cars, while the other landed in an open space causing no damage in the Negev desert.

The Popular Resistance Committee (PRC) who claimed responsibility for firing the two projectiles said this is an initial response to the assassination of the group’s leader Jamal Abu Samahdana in Rafah.

Abu Samahdana and three other PRC members were killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted a training center that belongs to the group Thursday night, in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Abu Samahdana was recently appointed as General Supervisor of the Palestinian Authority’s Interior Ministry, by the Hamas government.