updated 9/27/2005 1:07:42 AM ET 2005-09-27T05:07:42

Israel arrested 82 Palestinian militants in the West Bank overnight, the military said Tuesday. The sweep against Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists follows the arrest of 207 Palestinian militants on Sunday.

The detentions have come in tandem with an Israeli military offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza who bombarded southern Israel with dozens of homemade rockets over the weekend.

Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a series of targets throughout the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, striking roads and buildings used by Palestinian militants, the army said. No injuries were reported.

The army said it attacked three access routes in northern Gaza leading to staging areas for rocket attacks into Israel.

Palestinian officials said one missile destroyed a bridge near the town of Beit Hanoun.

In the southern town of Khan Younis, Israeli helicopters fired two missiles. Palestinian security officials said an office belonging to the ruling Fatah movement and a money-changing store were hit.

The army said the money changer was a front for the Hamas militant group. Israel arrested the store's owner, Osama Bashiti, in July as he returned to Gaza from the United Arab Emirates, accusing him of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Hamas leader in Gaza.

Israel launched an offensive against Palestinian militants over the weekend following a barrage of rocket attacks fired from Gaza at Israeli towns.

The offensive comes just two weeks after Israel completed its pullout from the Gaza Strip after a 38-year occupation. A series of airstrikes have killed four militants and destroyed suspected weapons facilities throughout Gaza during the operation.

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