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The Israeli military said early Wednesday that it had struck dozens of sites linked to the Islamic militant group Hamas on the second day of an offensive aimed at stopping rocket attacks aimed at key cities across Israel.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told The Associated Press that warplanes had attacked more than 130 sites, including Hamas command centers and rocket launchers. Lerner added that at least four rockets were fired at Israeli territory overnight, a decline from the large barrage the evening before. Air raid sirens could be heard in Tel Aviv and southern Israel early Wednesday and Reuters reported that at least two rockets had been shot down by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

The BBC reported that rockets fired form Gaza reached Jerusalem late Wednesday, but fell without causing injury.

Gaza health official Ashraf Al-Kedra says the overnight airstrikes killed one militant in south Gaza and an Islamic Jihad operative and five relatives in northern Gaza.

The previous night, the militants had fired approximately 160 rockets into Israeli territory, including one that had reached the northern city of Hadera, approximately 60 miles from Gaza. At the same time, Israel said that it had targeted more than 150 sites across the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

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