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Nine die in air strikes on Gaza
Relative grieves over the body of slain teenager
A young boy was among those killed in the morning air strike
A day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip has left nine people dead, including at least four Hamas militants and two children, reports say.

A missile hit a Hamas official's house after nightfall, but the target survived and two adults and a girl aged 10 died, Palestinian sources said.

Earlier, a boy aged 14, four militants and another person died in an Israeli air attack in southern Gaza.

Israel confirmed both attacks, saying it had been targeting militants.

There have been frequent raids on the Gaza Strip since an Israeli soldier was kidnapped in June by Palestinian gunmen.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed.

Dawn raid

The Israeli military said its evening air strike had been aimed at the house of Ashraf Farawana, a Hamas leader allegedly involved in attacks on Israel and supplying weapons to Hamas militants.

Map showing location of village of Abassan

Local people said one of the adults killed was a brother of Mr Farawana, who himself survived. At least seven people were also wounded.

The earlier attack came before dawn in Abassan, a village to the east of Khan Yunis, where troops were engaged in a search operation.

The Israelis said they had struck at a gathering of armed men who were moving in to attack their troops.

Five of those killed are said to be from the same family.

"This is an area believed to conceal tunnels and other forms of infrastructure used by terrorist groups," an Israeli army spokesman told Reuters news agency.

At least four other Palestinians were wounded in the operation, some of them in exchanges of fire with Israeli troops.

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