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A wounded Palestinian boy is carried into Al-Shifa hospital following Israeli air strikes in Gaza April 2, 2010. (Credit: Reuters/Ismail Zaydah)

Israeli planes and helicopters carried out at least seven missile attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday, causing damage and slightly wounding two children, Palestinian witnesses and officials said.

They said four air strikes took place in open areas near the central town of Khan Younis, the site of a deadly clash last week between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen.

Two caravans were destroyed there in Friday's attack but there were no casualties, officials said.

A fifth missile hit a cheese factory in Gaza City, setting it on fire, witnesses and Hamas officials said. Hospital officials said two children were injured by flying debris.

Helicopters struck twice in the central refugee camp of Nusseirat, destroying a metal foundry. There were no casualties.

An Israeli military spokesman declined immediate comment.

Late on Thursday, a Palestinian short-range rocket landed in Israel, causing no casualties, the military said. There was no claim of responsibility.

An Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip early last year was designed to counter such salvoes. They have resumed sporadically in recent weeks, provoking Israeli air strikes.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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