At least seven Palestinians have been injured in a round of Israeli
air raids on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses say.
They told Al Jazeera that the first raid hit a metal workshop in the
Tufah district of Gaza City early on Sunday, while the second struck
a workshop in Burij in central Gaza.
The Israeli army confirmed the attacks, with a spokesman saying
that they were launched in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza
Strip on Saturday.
The rocket landed near the southern city of Sderot, causing no
damage or casualties.
The Israeli army said it was targeting two factories used to make
weapons, as well as a smuggling tunnel under the border with Egypt.
Dozens of tunnels are said to criss-cross between southern Gaza and
Egypt's Sinai desert, providing a lifeline to Gaza residents who are
starved of basic supplies due to Israel's blockade of the territory.
Sources say there are more than 6,000 Palestinians employed in the
The Israeli attacks came just hours after Hamas said it had
reached an agreement with other Palestinian armed groups in Gaza,
to stop firing rockets into Israeli towns.
Fathi Hamad, the interior minister of Gaza's Hamas-led
government, made the announcement on Saturday.
He said the move was aimed at preventing such retaliatory attacks to
allow Gazans to rebuild the homes destroyed during Israel's
three-week war launched at the end of last year.
"The factions have agreed that nobody should in this time, do any
actions of the resistance in the framework of firing rockets," Hamad
"But if, in the framework of a clash, if there was an incursion,
then the possibility is open for response."
The Israel military offensive on Gaza, which began in December last
year and ended in January, left more 1,400 Palestinians dead.
There has been a significant reduction in the number of Palestinian
rocket attacks and Israeli air raids since both sides declared
unilateral ceasefires following the war.