Israeli airstrikes injure 7 Palestinians in Gaza
Published Friday 31/01/2014 (updated) 01/02/2014 10:46
An Israeli airstrike pictured hitting Rafah. (MaanImages/file)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Seven Palestinians were injured early Friday when Israeli warplanes launched a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, a Ma'an reporter said.
Israeli aircraft attacked a site in northwest Gaza, lightly wounding a child and damaging a number of houses.
Additionally, two missiles targeted an abandoned building near Beisan park in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, injuring civilians.
Israeli missiles also struck near a mosque north of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip, injuring four people.
Also in Rafah, Israeli aircraft targeted a military site of al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, without causing injuries.
The injured were taken to hospitals, where medics described their wounds as light to moderate.
Israel's army said in a statement that in response to rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, "aircrafts targeted overnight a terror activity site and a weapon manufacturing facility in the northern Gaza strip and a weapon storage facility in the southern Gaza Strip."
"Direct hits were confirmed," the statement said.
"Israelis cannot be held at the mercy of these hideous terrorists operating from Hamas Gaza Strip," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said in the statement.
"The bases of Gaza terrorism and its industry of death will not be immune while our citizens are being attacked."
Late Thursday, a rocket from the Gaza Strip landed in an open area in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.
Over the past month, tensions have risen in and around Gaza after more than a year of relative calm following Israel's war on the coastal territory in November 2012 which killed over 170 people, mainly civilians, and injured thousands.
Since Dec. 20, four Palestinians and an Israeli have been killed in violence in and around Gaza.
Israeli army figures show nine rockets have struck Israeli territory since Jan. 1, and another five were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
None of the rockets caused injuries.
Israeli airstrikes this year on targets in Gaza have injured dozens of people, mainly civilians.