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Israeli airstrike kills 1, injures 13 in Gaza City
Published Friday 09/12/2011 (updated) 10/12/2011 17:08
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A Palestinian girl holds her brother as she looks at a house damaged in an
Israeli air strike in Gaza City Dec. 9, 2011. Violence across the Israeli-Gaza
border escalated on Friday with Israeli air strikes killing at least three people
and Palestinian militants firing rockets deep into southern Israel.
(REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes killed a man in the central Gaza Strip early Friday morning, and injured 13 members of his family, medical officials said.

A Ma’an correspondent said Israeli war planes struck a site used by Hamas armed wing Al-Qassam brigades northwest of Gaza City, which caused severe damage to the house of the al-Zaalan family.

Medical spokesman in Gaza Adham Abu Salmiya said the raid killed Bahjat al-Zaalan, 38, and injured 13 from his family, including 7 children.

Two of Bahjat’s children are seriously injured, and a 57-year-old man was moderately injured, he said.

In the southern Gaza Strip, an Israeli war plane fired a missile at al-Muharrarat district of Rafah, with no injuries reported.

An Israeli army statement said planes "targeted two terror activity sites."

Later, a military spokeswoman said "additional explosions were caused by rockets near the targeted site, and the (army) regrets that non combatants were harmed during the course of this incident," but said it holds Hamas accountable for operating in a residential area.

Thirteen members of Bahjat's family were injured when the airstrike struck their house, medics said. (MaanImages/Stringer)

Five projectiles fired from Gaza struck Israel on Thursday in the aftermath of a deadly airstrike on central Gaza, an Israeli military official said.

The armed wing of Fatah said it fired a missile toward the Negev amid Israeli shelling in central Gaza, after the airstrike killed a member of the group and one other person the same day.

Two more were injured in the explosion, which witnesses said hit a parked car near Omar al-Mukhtar street in Gaza City.

Israel's military said the two killed were affiliated to a group planning an attack on the country through Egypt, but Gaza's government called the strike a "crime" and called for international protection for Gaza's people.

"The enemy wants to export its internal and external crises to Gaza, and it wants to impose a new formula on the resistance after it won in the prisoner’s deal," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

The Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman told Ma’an late Thursday that Egypt was trying to stop Israeli attacks in order to renew a truce between the sides, which he said had been "reversed by Israel" by the deadly airstrike.

Egypt often brokers between the Israel and Gaza amid cross border violence, which killed four and injured 15 in the blockaded strip during November.

Friday morning's violence was the third day of deadly airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, and killed the fourth Gaza resident in the first week of December.

Seven children were injured in the airstrike, and two sustained severe injuries. (AFP/Mahmud Hams )
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1 ) ObaHilo / Everywhere
09/12/2011 10:25
We are veryy sorry. But world must understand that Neti has the R2K ( Right to Kill) any one any where.

2 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
09/12/2011 11:12
The IDF "regrets" are entirely hollow and without merit. The IAF knew what is aimed for and what the explosive dispersal would be. The civilian casualties were deliberate and with wanton disregard for civilian casualties.

3 ) A Lie & / A Two Truths
09/12/2011 14:21

The Lie: "Israeli airstrike kills 1, injures 13, including 7 children", and
The Two Truths:
1- "Israeli war planes struck a site used by HAMAS armed wing Al-Qassam brigades northwest of Gaza City," and
2- It is HAMAS' use of the site adjacent to the family home that is the cause their deaths, just as if HAMAS TARGETED THE MISSILES !!!!


4 ) Mel / USA
09/12/2011 15:25
Way to go Zionism!U just banged another nail in Israel's coffin?
This is WHY the majority of the world DESPISES Zionist Israel! And,why ANTI-USA sentiment's escalated,globally,over decades,post WW2! Coz our US politicians/ideologues SIT BACK & passively condone &collude with Zionist murderers,racists&bigots.US-colonial Zionism stomped in,likeZio- Nazis(1940's)&have treated the native Arab's as Israel's 'JEWS',2B exterminated,from babies up &use DRONES,on captive civilian POW's under occupation!

5 ) izzy / usa
09/12/2011 17:02
What is meant by hamsas' "military wing" does this mean that if the military wing does something then hamas isnt responsible ?
And if hamas can have a military wing, then why cant israel?

6 ) West Banker / Palestine
09/12/2011 18:03
I wonder, if 'two (Hamas) terror activity sites' were 'targeted', why has no resistance fighter (terrorist to israel and the rest of the world) been killed in the attack? Since Hamas operates in residential areas (where else would they operate, you've imprisoned them in 40 square kilometers with 1.6 million Palestinian people) does that justify dropping gigantic bombs on them? Really? israel has used one-ton bombs in the past (and will in the future) to 'target' fighters. Deliberate genocide.

7 ) real/ You people are a joke / usa/israel
09/12/2011 20:58
How can you have an issue with Israel targeting terror centers and their enemies who are planning on carrying out attacks against israeli civilians?

When hamas and factions launch random rockets all day into israel. At least the IDF uses precision guided bombs that hit their targets military targets not civilian. Hamas is at fault for operating in these areas, there were secondary explosions which means the facility had rockets inside of it. Get a brain you whack jobs!

8 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
09/12/2011 21:52
IDF always says terror centers. The two guys killed earlier were planning according to the IDF. How do they know? telepathy? Why should anybody take the IDF word for anything unless it is triple confirmed? I have never seen evidence of IDF regret, not once ever.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
10/12/2011 02:54
7) "At least the ID uses precision guided bombs that hit their targets military targets not civilian."

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/12/2011 02:56
To real #7 'How can you have an issue with Israel targeting terror centers...' So say if Hamas targets an IDF office in Tel Aviv -- and misses, and blows the crap out of an adjacent house, killing a few Jews, that's cool? I just want to be sure we're on the same page here.

11 ) Chris Berel / USA
10/12/2011 23:36
Hamas does not have the ability to target anything. They just send a missile in the general direction. However, when they do acquire the technology to target specific sites, then they will have started the Israel-Gaza war. Of course, Gaza will lose that war.
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