MIDDLE EAST

Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza Strip

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The Israeli military said late Tuesday that its warplanes struck "several" targets belonging to Palestinian resistance group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has yet to issue a statement on any casualties.

Israel launched a wave of airstrikes Monday across the Gaza Strip following rocket fire from the enclave that injured seven Israelis north of Tel Aviv.

The army reportedly deployed missile-defense batteries in several locations across the country while sending two additional infantry brigades to the Gaza-Israel buffer zone.

Hamas announced late Monday that Egypt had managed to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza-based resistance factions.

While there was no comment from Egypt, several Israeli officials denied that a cease-fire deal had been reached.

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