Israeli Air Strikes Hit Gaza Strip

One fighter and five other people have been wounded in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said.

The attack, early on Tuesday, came after an Israeli police spokesman said a rocket had been fired from the Gaza Strip at the southern town of Beersheva, without causing casualties. Israeli public radio said a second rocket was also fired at the town, but it was not known where it fell.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

The first raid targeted Zeitun, east of Gaza City and injured three fighters firing rockets at Israel, the medical sources said. One among them later died. 

The warplanes also targeted two Hamas training camps, one east of Gaza city and another west of Khan Younis city. No injuries were reported.

Three Palestinian civilians, among them a boy, were injured, sources said, in a separate air strike that targeted a tunnel beneath Gaza’s border with Egypt

Since last month there has been an increase in the number of rockets fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip followed by Israeli air force reprisal raids after several months of calm following a flare-up in April when an anti-tank missile hit an Israeli school bus, killing a teenager.

Israel responded to that attack with a series of air strikes that killed at least 19 Palestinians in the deadliest violence since Israel’s devastating 22-day assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009.
(Al Jazeera and Agencies)

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