Israel strikes Gaza, injuring at least 2 Palestinians
Published Friday 27/12/2013 (updated) 28/12/2013 12:38
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's Air Force hit the Gaza Strip with missiles late Thursday, injuring two Palestinians and causing damage, the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported.
F-16 warplanes bombed "several sites" in Gaza City, specifically in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, in addition to striking Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.
Medical sources said two Palestinians were taken to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and treated for shrapnel injuries.
Earlier Thursday, Palestinians in Gaza fired a projectile that hit an uninhabited area in southern Israel.
A military spokeswoman told AFP it caused no damage or injuries.
On Thursday night a second projectile fired from Gaza "landed in open ground causing no damage," a military spokesman said.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Israel would not accept the "trickle of terror from the Gaza Strip, where Hamas is sovereign,"
The Israeli army said that in response to the two rockets launched Thursday, its aircraft "targeted terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip."
"A weapons-manufacturing facility was targeted in the central Gaza Strip, and a weapons storage facility was targeted in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed," a statement said.
On Tuesday, Israel launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, killing a 3-year-old girl and injuring her mother and brother, after an Israeli Civil Defense worker was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper at the border in the northern Gaza Strip.
The week before the sniper attack, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian scavenging for metal and plastic scraps near the border, and wounded at least four Gazans in attacks across the Gaza Strip.
A military spokeswoman said the man who was killed was "attempting to lay an explosive device."
Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.
The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.
According to UNOCHA, 17 percent of Gaza's total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.
The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the state of Israel since 2006.
AFP contributed to this report.