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Israeli Aircraft Strike On Tunnels And Hamas Targets Kills 1, Hospital Says

01/ 7/10 06:42 PM ET   AP

Gaza Tunnel
A Palestinian worker takes a break inside a smuggling tunnel between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. Smugglers bring in goods from Egypt through tunnels, though those routes may eventually be cut off. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Witnesses say Israeli aircraft fired missiles at smuggling tunnels and other Hamas targets in Gaza.

Hospital doctors say one man was killed in southern Gaza.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

The strikes early Friday came after Gaza militants fired a rocket at the Israeli city of Ashkelon, causing no damage.

On Thursday, Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza, warning residents to stay away from tunnels and border areas. The tunnels run under Gaza's border with Israel.

The Israel-Gaza border has been relatively calm since Israel's military offensive in Gaza a year ago. However, low-level friction persists, with Gaza militants firing some rockets and mortars, and Israel responding with air strikes.

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