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Gaza rocket hits building in southern Israel: police

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Saturday hit an industrial zone in Sderot in southern Israel, setting a building on fire but without causing casualties, police said.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP a second rocket struck open ground.

A military spokesman said the building hit was a factory, and that firemen were on the scene.

The privately run Channel 10 television station said the building was a paint factory and that four workers were able to get out after the attack, but that a colleague may still be inside.

Saturday’s attack came a day after two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed in an Israeli air raid after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel’s security fence.

Rocket attacks from the coastal enclave late Friday were followed by more air raids overnight.

Of four early morning strikes on Gaza, two targeted “sites of terrorist activities” and the others hit arms depots and production facilities, a military spokesman said.

Palestinian medics said the air raids that killed the two men struck near the home of Ismail Haniya, the former Hamas premier who stepped down on June 2 when Gaza and the West Bank set up a unity government.

Israel has put Hamas under intense pressure since the June 12 disappearance of three Israeli teenagers it says were kidnapped in the West Bank by members of the Islamist movement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the international community to press Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to end his reconciliation with Hamas, citing the alleged kidnapping as proof that the movement’s “terrorist” activities make it an unsuitable political partner.

Five Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli security sweep to find the teenagers and more than 400 have been arrested, mostly Hamas members.

Troops have also raided some 2,100 buildings in the West Bank, a military spokesman said.

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