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Clashes in al-Arrub as mourners bury man slain by Israel day before
Israeli airstrikes target central Gaza Strip
Published Monday 21/04/2014 (updated) 22/04/2014 18:30
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Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on Rafah town, in the
southern Gaza Strip on April 21, 2014, hours after militants in
the Gaza Strip fired seven rockets into Israel causing no casualties
(AFP/Said Khatib)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel launched several airstrikes on the central Gaza Strip on Monday, injuring two people, Hamas said in a statement.

Gaza's Ministry of Interior said Israeli warplanes targeted a security facility in the al-Nuseirat refugee camp, injuring two security officers.

Another airstrike hit a nearby livestock farm, causing material damage but no injuries, while a third strike targeted an open area in Deir al-Balah.

Israeli warplanes also struck a target in Khan Younis, the ministry said.

Israel's military said in a statement that "a short while ago, IAF aircraft targeted two terror activity sites in the southern Gaza Strip and a third site in the central Gaza Strip, in response to the latest severe aggression emanating from Gaza. Direct hits were confirmed."

Earlier, seven rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel.

An anti-tank missile was also fired at Israeli soldiers patrolling a border area in the southern Gaza Strip, a spokesman said, with no reports of injuries or damage.

No group in Gaza has claimed responsibility for firing the rockets.

Although Hamas -- which runs the Gaza Strip -- and Israel have maintained a fragile ceasefire since Nov. 2012, militant groups in the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave frequently launch rockets into Israel.

The majority of these attacks, which primarily involve homemade projectiles, land harmlessly in open areas across southern Israel.

Israel has maintained a severe economic blockade on the Gaza Strip's 1.7 million residents since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
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1 ) @ the Editor / Truth
21/04/2014 15:07
* Please consider more appropriate titles for your stories, where
always Maan titles make Israel seem the agressor, where Truthfully
Gaza is usually the one that attacks first, like this instance, where
* BEFORE THIS ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE (which did Not target civilians),
* GAZA ATTACKED FIRST, by firing "seven rockets into southern Israel", and "an anti-tank missile at Israeli soldiers patrolling a border area" !!

2 ) Texan / USA
21/04/2014 15:24
If Israel had destroyed all of her enemies as she was commanded to do so thousands of years ago, her cities would be safe today.

3 ) Mark Flanders / U.S.A.
21/04/2014 16:49
The terrorist is Israel. If they remained within their original borders none of this would be happening!

4 ) Outlier / USA
21/04/2014 18:03
Six paragraphs for Ma'an to get to the reason for the airstrikes - seven rockets fired into southern Israel. Quality journalism demands better.

5 ) @ Texan-2 & Mark-3 / USA too
21/04/2014 19:38
2- Israel was deceived by the Gibeonites ("We have come from a distant country"), just as Israel was deceived by the PLO at Oslo, and besides
murdering women and children comes much easier to the Arabs of today.
3- Actually, it was Arabs that rejected "the original borders", as per the UNSC resolution #181, and If ARABS HAD "remained within their original borders", all of 1967 "borders", the Golan, and much of Israel's north would be an "Arab state", but ARABS INVADED, & INVADED, & INVADED.

6 ) Johnny benson / USA
21/04/2014 20:53
Under obvious restraints,like death...I believe maan does a good job...of course if Israel were not attacked,then no return fire...as in 47,52,67,and 73...if not those wars put opon Israel ..maybe there would be some sort of peace..but there never would have been a Palestine...Jordan would never have allowed it..Syria,Lebanon and Egypt would still be enemy's,...the reality is that the Arabs could and will not accept a strong independent Jewish country in their midst...and so it goes

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/04/2014 21:08
To Outlier #4: 'Six paragraphs for Ma'an to get to the reason for the airstrikes - seven rockets fired into southern Israel. Quality journalism demands better.' It's a considerable improvement over Israeli 'journalism.' That usually never gets to the truth at all -- much less in six paragraphs.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/04/2014 21:17
To Texan #2: 'If Israel had destroyed all of her enemies as she was commanded to do so thousands of years ago, her cities would be safe today.' The idiocy goes on. 'Israel' in the sense of the people who lived there in the past lives today. They're called 'Palestinians.' How they could have anticipated matters and destroyed those Europeans, Asians, and Africans who were going to first convert to Judaism and then become Zionists escapes me.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/04/2014 21:19
To @ #1: 'where always Maan titles make Israel seem the agressor, where Truthfully Gaza is usually the one that attacks first' It's been pointed out that this is entirely arbitrary. One merely has to consider whatever Israeli act the rocket launchers saw themselves as retaliating for first, and Israel becomes the aggressor. For what it's worth, whenever there is a cease fire, it usually ends when Israel begins conspicuously violating it. See the run-up to 'Cast Lead.'

10 ) Arnold / Canada
21/04/2014 22:09
Mark Flanders # 3. On Nov 30 1947 the UN mandated the State of Israel AND the State of Palestine. I repeat On Nov 30 1947 the UN mandated the State of Israel and the State of Palestine. There were delineated official borders on Nov 30 1947. Then on May 15 1948 The State of Palestine and 5 other Arab armies attacked the State of Israel. Israel repelled these Arab armies. No gain or loss of land. It was the Arabs who attacked . Had they won Israel would not exist. The Arabs refused the borders!

11 ) Outlier / USA
22/04/2014 06:24
9. Colin, arbitrary? What bizzaro world do you and those who "pointed out" this live in? "Never argue with idiots. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience."
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