Israeli air force strikes Gaza, 8 wounded

Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a burning medicine warehouse in Gaza City, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Early Wednesday, Israeli aircraft carried out air strikes against four targets including Hamas and Islamic Jihad training camps and a medicine warehouse in Hamas-controlled Gaza in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into Israel on Tuesday. Gaza's Health Ministry says eight people were injured during the Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

February 9, 2011 5:37:07 AM PST
Officials in Israel and Gaza say Israeli aircraft have carried out retaliatory airstrikes in the territory after militants launched rockets into Israel.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya says the airstrikes overnight lightly wounded eight Palestinians. He says one strike set fire to a Health Ministry medicine warehouse in northern Gaza.

Israel's military said Wednesday that the strikes were in response to the firing of five rockets and mortars into Israel on Tuesday. The military said aircraft targeted a tunnel and two other sites used by militants.

The Hamas militants who rule Gaza have largely refrained from attacking Israel since Israel's Gaza offensive two years ago. But smaller groups continue to fire rockets and mortars.