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6 die in Israeli strike, hospital officials say

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An Israeli strike lights up the night sky in Gaza during  fighting  between Israel and Hamas. (Source: CBS) An Israeli strike lights up the night sky in Gaza during fighting between Israel and Hamas. (Source: CBS)

GAZA STRIP (CBS) - At least six people were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, according to hospital officials.

It was not immediately clear if the victims were civilians or militants but officials said the dead were all relatives.

Israel launched its largest offensive in the Gaza Strip in nearly two years on Tuesday, carrying out a blistering aerial assault on scores of targets in what officials called an open-ended operation aimed at ending weeks of heavy rocket fire.

The offensive set off the heaviest fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas since an eight-day battle in November of 2012.

The militants fired about 160 rockets at Israel, including a strike that reached the northern city of Hadera for the first time, while Israel said it attacked more than 150 sites across Gaza.

People were crying for the victims outside Beit Hanoun Hospital.

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