At least seven Palestinians were killed early Thursday in a series of IDF strikes in the northern Gaza Strip.
Shortly after 8 am, Palestinian sources reported that a school teacher was killed and three of his students were wounded after an IDF missile hit their school in the town of Beit Hanoun.
The IDF reported it had launched an attack against a Qassam launching cell.
Earlier Thursday five Hamas operatives and an Islamic Jihad member were killed in a joint strike by Golani and Armored Corps forces and the air force.
Palestinian eyewitnesses said that army forces operated near Jabalya during the night, accompanied by tanks and bulldozers and backed by military aircraft.
Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas' military wing, said that five Hamas men were killed, three by missiles and two by gunfire. Two were field commanders, he said. Palestinian medics confirmed that five bodies were removed from the area.
On Wednesday, a Hamas rocket hit a western Negev kibbutz, located about 4 miles from the border fence, injuring two sisters, ages 12 and two, as they played in their yard. They were not seriously hurt. Their mother was taken to a hospital for shock.
After nightfall Wednesday, Israeli aircraft hit a metal workshop in central Gaza, Hamas said. No one was hurt.
Hanan Greenberg and AP contributed to the report