Israeli tanks opened fire on Tuesday midday at residents’ homes located in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Local sources reported that tanks stationed at the southern Israeli-Gaza boarders shelled homes located in the eastern part of Rafah city.

A number of homes sustained damage, but no injuries were reported. Witnesses said that the shelling caused a case of panic among the residents.

Eight Palestinians, among them one child, were reported dead last week in the Gaza Strip because of the continued Israeli siege and attacks. Israel placed Gaza under total siege in June 2007.