In a brief foray into Gaza, Israeli troops detained seven Palestinians near the border area withIsrael early Wednesday, Palestinian security officials said.
All of the detainees were later released, the officials said.
According to the officials, a large IDF force entered the Khan Younis area in south Gaza, from which Qassam rockets are regularly fired toward Israel. The troops searched a number of homes, took over several buildings and gathered dozens of men at the Huza’a neighborhood.
The officials claimed that the detainees are all members of one family and do not belong to any terror group.
The ground operation, which was the first since a truce was declared between Israel and the Palestinian factions in November 2006, was apparently aimed at gathering intelligence on terror activity in the Strip, including Qassam attacks on Israel and the digging of arms-smuggling tunnels.
The Israeli military said it was unaware of an arrest raid.
Israel launched two air strikes on suspected Hamas weapons caches overnight. Seven Palestinians were injured in the attacks, which took place in Gaza City and the Gaza neighborhood of Jabaliya.