Israel has launched a military strike in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack on an Israeli town by Palestinian militants.

Wednesday's airstrikes and artillery fire on the Beit Hanun area occurred just hours after the southern Israeli town of Sderot was attacked. The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.

No injuries were reported from either incident.

There has been a flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip since Monday's killing of a top Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank during a shootout with Israeli forces.

Palestinian militants launched several rockets into Israel in retaliation, and Israel responded with a series of missile strikes Tuesday.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.