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Israeli shelling kills 2 Palestinians in eastern Jabaliya
Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack
Published Friday 03/01/2014 (updated) 04/01/2014 19:36
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position along the southern border with the Gaza Strip (Back) on
Dec. 25, 2013 (AFP Menahem Kahana)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli war planes launched strikes against the Gaza Strip early Friday, the army said, shortly after a rocket from the besieged coastal enclave hit an Israeli area.

A statement from the army said that "in response to rocket fire toward Israel," its "aircraft targeted a terror infrastructure site in the central Gaza Strip and three concealed rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip."

"Direct hits were confirmed," the statement read.

Palestinian sources within Gaza said that the strikes targeted agricultural land near al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, the town of Beit Hanoun in the north, and another neighborhood in eastern Gaza City.

There were no injuries reported.

Late Thursday night a projectile fired from the Strip hit southern Israel, causing no harm or damage, an Israeli police spokeswoman told AFP.

Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli forces near the border in the northern Gaza Strip. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the man was "damaging" the border fence, and that Israeli soldiers resorted to shooting him in the leg. The Israeli news site Ynet reported he was "throwing stones" at the separation barrier.

The shooting and the airstrikes come approximately a week after an upheaval in violence in Gaza left two dead and several injured.

On Dec. 24, Israeli airstrikes killed a 3-year-old Palestinian girl and injured several others after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli Civil Defense employee working at the border.

Two days later, two more Palestinians were injured in Israeli airstrikes, after two rockets fired from Gaza hit open Israeli areas, causing no injuries or damage.

On Saturday, Israeli tank fire injured two more Palestinians in central Gaza in an attack that was unconfirmed by the Israeli army but nonetheless made international headlines.

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached in November 2012 between Palestinian factions and Israel to end over a week of fighting which left over 170 Palestinians dead and more than a thousand injured. Six Israelis were also killed during the fighting.

Since the agreement, Israeli forces have shot dozens of Gazans in border areas, and have launched frequent incursions.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
03/01/2014 10:23
The Israeli press is telling they hit rocket launchers and observation posts. Not one word about the teen who was shot. Not one rocket is claimed, IDF is making up story's and never come with any proof. So they can tell whatever they want. I don't believe one word coming from IDF. To many lies.

2 ) E / usa
03/01/2014 15:34
to #1 well may be that the teen that got shot thats not true. and they not teens they stateless terrorists. i dont know why they important

3 ) spb / usa
03/01/2014 15:50
what about the teen? he was asking for it trying to cut the border fense. so the hero who sent that teen fired rockets after he died? that's you logic #1 and you sleep well. keep sending loose brain kid on a suicide missions and expect different outcome

4 ) Outlier / USA
03/01/2014 19:21
THIS is Hamas not seeking war with Israel. Idiots.
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