An Israeli air strike on a Hamas police station in the southern Gaza Strip has killed at least seven fighters, medics said.
The air raid near the town of Khan Yunis on Tuesday came as the armed wing of Hamas claimed that it carried out the previous day's suicide bombing in the southern Israeli town of Dimona.
"The men were in afternoon prayers inside the police station when the missile struck," a Hamas security official said.
Two other Hamas fighters were killed during an Israeli raid near the southern town of Rafah earlier on Tuesday, Palestinian hospital sources said.
Al Jazeera's David Chater in the Gaza Strip said that most of the police station was destroyed in the attack and many people were wounded by shrapnel from the blast.
"That was followed very quickly by, what we now know was naval gunships firing on a Palestinian naval post in Rafah ... and then there was another air strike on a police post in Rafah as well," he said.
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