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Clashes in Gaza between Israel, Palestinians

Israel has launched a series of attacks in the Gaza Strip, in apparent retaliation for the cross-border killing of an Israeli civilian by a Gaza sniper.

Israel said it launched the attacks from the air and on the ground, targeting what it called "terror sites" in Gaza -- including a weapons manufacturing facility and a concealed rocket launcher.

Officials of Hamas, the group that rules the Gaza Strip, reported that a three year-old girl was killed in the Israeli attacks.

It was the most serious flareup of its kind in more than a year.

The Palestinian sniper, operating just over the border in the Gaza Strip, killed the Israeli civilian earlier Tuesday.

"This is a very severe incident and we will not let it go unanswered," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



On Sunday, a bomb exploded on an Israeli bus near Tel Aviv, causing no casualties.

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