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3 Israeli airstrikes on Gaza injure motorcyclist, child
Published Sunday 19/01/2014 (updated) 20/01/2014 15:34
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The site of the Israeli air strike near Jabalia. (MaanImages)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A young Palestinian man and a child were injured on Sunday morning after Israeli air forces launched three strikes across the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip hit a motorcyclist on Saftawi Street near Jabaliya, injuring the driver and a number of passersby.

Two other airstrikes in the central and southern Gaza Strip left no reported injuries.

Spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ahraf al-Qidra told reporters that the motorcyclist was a 22-year-old man, and that he was taken to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City after he sustained serious injuries.

Al-Qidra added that a 12-year-old boy was taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital in Jabaliya, and that doctors said he suffered moderate wounds.

A statement by Israeli forces said that they had "successfully targeted a terrorist operative" named Ahmad Saad, who they described as "a senior operative in the 'Palestinian Islamic Jihad'" organization.

The statement added that Saad was a specialist "in rocket launching" and is "personally responsible for the launching of 5 rockets towards Ashkelon" on Thursday.

The motorcycle hit by an Israeli airstrike

Also on Sunday morning, Israeli air forces bombed two sites in the central and southern Gaza Strip used as training sites for Palestinian militants.

Witnesses told Ma'an that at least three missiles hit a military training site in the town of Bani Suheila east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The site and neighboring civilian houses sustained material damage, but no injuries were reported.

Less than 10 minutes later, another Israeli airstrike targeted a training site of the Hamas' military wing the al-Qassam Brigades near Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

No injuries were reported in that strike either.

An Israeli military spokesperson said the attacks came after a homemade shell fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Western Negev.

The airstrikes come only days after four Palestinian children and a woman were injured in Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday, and a day after after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters near the border, injuring two.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.
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1 ) Sonia Suks / Austria
19/01/2014 09:56
What, no children were playing on these training sites for Palestinian militants on Sunday morning?

2 ) ABE / USA
19/01/2014 10:10
how is that rocket firing concept working out?

3 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
19/01/2014 13:25
#1 Only "Israel" is using human shields. Your answer sounds very sick. #2 If "Israelis" getting bored, they make up some rocket story's so they can attack Gaza. Hamas always claim their rockets. So if you read: "Israel" said.... most of the time it's Holywood talking unless the rockets are claimed.

4 ) E / Usa
19/01/2014 17:03
to #3 you should be a stand up comedian because your comments are so funny. But i tell you that this is very impressive "Hollywood acting" by Israel and i don't think palestinians enjoying this movie. no state, no money, refugee camps all over the place lol. im giving an Oscar to Israel for the best movie.

5 ) Carson / Canada
19/01/2014 18:05
Oh, so the rocket attacks never happened?? Care to back up that claim ?

6 ) Barry Hill / UK
19/01/2014 19:15
Looks like a motor bike that been set on fire by Abdul the arsonist to me. And promptly conveniently photographed from an adjacent nearby 2nd storey building. A rocket attack by an Israeli warplane or even a drone, would cause a cavity in the road. Who is kidding who?

7 ) Mel / USA
19/01/2014 19:33
Zionist Israel is the USG funded,offender & "...specialist "in rocket launching",especially US Hellfire missiles,Bunker-buster bombs,White Phosphorous,DIME(illegal,experimental)weps,Bio/chem weps,Drone missiles,sonic bombs,F-16/Apache missiles,that can DESTROY all OF GAZA's 1.8 MILLION besieged civilian men,women&children
and is"personally responsible for the launching of"of under-radar,methodical persecutionðnic-cleansing of pluralistic Arabs since 1945.Resistance is Palestine's right.

8 ) Presston / Canada
19/01/2014 20:08
The Israeli statement says that Ahmad Saad was personally responsible for firing the rockets. If what Sarah (3) says is correct, has Ahmad claimed the rockets, or is this just another attempt by Isreal to sabotage the peace process, given they are now proposing another land grab. Maan reports today they want a fourth annexation; the Beit El bloc. The best thing for Islamic Jihad & other factions in Gaza is to keep to the ceasefire agreement & don't allow Isreal to provoke them into breaking it.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
19/01/2014 20:58
#1 What, Israel cannot play on equal ground! So very brave bombing the open air prison, Gaza, but always whining to Uncle Sam to go to war/invade nations that arer better equipped to reist Zionist tyranny!

10 ) Tobias / USA
19/01/2014 22:24
If Israel were evil, like the present Syrian, or past Iraqi or Jordanian regimes, then "3 Israeli airstrikes could have killed 1,000s in Gaza, instead of injuring only the targeted militant "motorcyclist, and a single "child", that he used as a human-shield.

11 ) BDS / Canada
20/01/2014 04:44
To end the brutal assaults on Palestinians, the land thefts, the massacres, the imprisonments, all those who care about human rights and justice for Palestine are joining the BDS. The zionist propaganda has lost all credibility.

12 ) Outlier / USA
22/01/2014 23:53
How did this cross border clash begin? With missiles and/or mortars fired from Gaza by Gazans. They - and ONLY they - caused these deaths by their provocation.

13 ) Outlier / USA
23/01/2014 05:19
Play with matches, get burned. By doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results over and over, Gazans provide convincing evidence they are among the stupidest people on the planet.
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