The Israeli army and Air Force fired, on Thursday at dawn, several missiles and shells targeting at least two areas, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, while military drones hoovered over various parts of the coastal region.

Media sources in Gaza said the first Israeli missiles targeted a site between Sofa and ash-Shouka areas, near the border fence, causing property damage.

The sources added that the soldiers also fired two artillery shells into Abu al-Hasseen area, in Rafah, causing damage to a few buildings, including homes.

The missiles also caused fire in a shed close to a home, in Rafah, before firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished it.

Israeli drones and fighter jets also flew over various areas of the coastal region, and fired flares, raising fear of an additional escalation.

The Israeli army claimed that three homemade shells were fired Gaza, and landed in open areas in settlements close to the coastal region, causing no injuries or damage.

It added that it struck a site, run by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in retaliation to a rocket which was reportedly fired from Gaza, Monday, and landed in an open area.