Palestinian gunfire hits IAF copter over Gaza; no casualties

Palestinians hit an IAF helicopter flying over the Gaza Strip with machine-gun fire Friday but the aircraft returned safely to Israel with no casualties, security officials said. Hamas said its men fired at the chopper as it raided a rocket-launching site in the northern Gaza Strip and reported hitting the aircraft. The IDF would not comment officially, in keeping with usual policy on air operations, but security officials said the aircraft suffered light damage and landed safely in Israel with its crew unharmed.