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Israel strikes Gaza, injuring at least 2 Palestinians
Published Friday 27/12/2013 (updated) 28/12/2013 12:38
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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.
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1 ) JohnWV / United States
27/12/2013 12:17
Israel routinely and violates human rights and international law, a pariah among nations. The Jewish state must be forced to recognize an armed Palestine with externally enforced autonomy, eviction of all settlers, true contiguity encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem together, neither pinched nor parceled, and to pay punitive reparations. America must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and racist empire.

2 ) Nick / South Africa
27/12/2013 12:26
Fire rockets-get bombed,fire lots of rockets-get lots of bombs,shot across the boarder-get bombed;really is it that hard to understand ?

3 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
27/12/2013 14:08
Same old "Israeli" song. From day one violating the truce and if Hamas finely response they blame Hamas. Over and over again like 2008-2009 Cast Lead. I found this list of violations both sides http://flotillahyvesarchief.weebly.com/truce-violations-2012-13.html

4 ) valerie / canada BC
27/12/2013 17:27
u know isreali always lie and accuse people and kill the number of palestine who suffered palestine innocent why isreali army killed and force no right human right because isreali crime cost of murder should them send to jail .. what a shame isreali govt steal palestine people the property and kill them plus homeless shame on isreali govt very much bad my god i support palestine my cherish keep grow and free ..

5 ) Outlier / USA
27/12/2013 20:02
Bombs injure 2 people only?

6 ) Ask / Your Brother
27/12/2013 20:37
Why would not Hamas forget about Israel and go to Egypt for all their needs in fuel, electricity, food, medicine, travel abroad etc. Egyptian muslim brother would never say "NO" to their muslim Palestinian brothers. Wouldn't they?

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/12/2013 22:58
To Nick #2: 'Fire rockets-get bombed,fire lots of rockets-get lots of bombs,shot across the boarder-get bombed;really is it that hard to understand ?' Don't fire -- get shot anyway. That seems to be the principle, actually.

8 ) Crocodile tears / Usa
27/12/2013 23:04
Terror = Israeli response simple

9 ) Lilith / The World
28/12/2013 09:31
The Gazan Arabs need to learn that they get as good as they give. Fire rockets for no reason and you get hit back. No other country in the world would put up with what Israel has endured since 2005 when She withdrew unilaterally from Gaza.

10 ) ajit singh / uk
28/12/2013 18:57
To Lilith who supports the largest terriost state isreal. Palestinians have suffered and endured illegal occupation since 1960's. What would you do if someone decides to break into your house and kicks you out. I am sure you would want to fight back as well

11 ) Outlier / USA
28/12/2013 19:26
5. is the FAKE Outlier. Accept no substitutes. He is an out and out-liar.

12 ) jay / US
28/12/2013 21:17
Lilith: Israel has maintained the blockade. Israel has expanded its illegal settlements...so no, Israel is not the victim here.
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