JERUSALEM - Israel's military carried out airstrikes on 10 sites in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, the army said, as tensions remained high following weekend clashes between Israeli police and demonstrators in Jerusalem and Arab towns in northern Israel. The Israeli airstrikes targeted what it said were militant sites including rocket launchers and a weapons manufacturing site, following at least 29 other rockets and mortars fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel over the weekend, the army said. Two of those rockets were aimed at Beersheba, a southern city deeper into Israel than any other attack in the current round of violence.
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Tensions, which have been high since three Israeli teens were abducted on June 12 and later found murdered, spiked last week after Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was seized from his home in east Jerusalem and his burned body was found in a forest. Police say they are still investigating the killing, but Palestinians say Israeli extremists killed the teenager to avenge the teens' deaths.
- The Associated Press
First published July 6 2014, 12:38 AM