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Israel targets smuggling tunnels in Gaza

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  • Israeli forces attack two smuggling tunnels in Gaza in response to earlier attack
  • Israel claims tunnels are used by Hamas to smuggle weapons
  • Palestine says tunnels needed to get supplies not available in Gaza
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli forces said they targeted two smuggling tunnels in Gaza on Sunday in response to rocket and mortar attacks in southern Israel.

The raid comes after a Qassam rocket attack Saturday that was fired into Israel from the town of Rafah, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement. No damage or casualties were reported.

Qassam rockets are homemade projectiles that have been fired into communities in southern Israel for years. While crudely made, militants have made efforts to improve the weapon's technology.

Israel routinely targets the tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border, which it says are being used by Gaza's Hamas leadership to smuggle weapons into the Palestinian territory.

Palestinians claim the tunnels are necessary to get basic food supplies that are not available in Gaza.

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