Hamas, PA condemn Israeli airstrikes on Gaza
Published Tuesday 24/12/2013 (updated) 25/12/2013 13:34
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Spokesmen for Hamas and the Palestinian Authority governments on Tuesday condemned Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip which killed a young girl.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called the airstrikes that killed 3-year-old Hala Abu Sbeikh in central Gaza a "cowardly crime."
Abu Zuhri said Israel was targeting Palestinian families, and that Israeli threats and raids would not deter Palestinian resistance fighters from "doing their duty."
Separately, PA spokesman Ehab Bessaiso also condemned Israel's attacks on the Gaza strip, calling for international intervention to stop them.
Bessaiso said in a statement that the Palestinian government had contacted international sides to intervene and force Israel to stop its "escalation" of violence in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.
Earlier, a Palestinian sniper shot and killed an Israeli Defense Ministry employee working on the border fence in northern Gaza Strip a few hours earlier.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said the man was killed while doing "maintenance" work on the border fence.
The Palestinian militant group Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility for the shooting, Israeli media reported.
The man was identified as 22-year-old Salah Abu Latif, according to the Haaretz newspaper.