Friday, 1 June 2012

Medics: Israel bombs Gaza injuring 4, two in critical condition

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes wounded four Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip early Friday, hours after an Israeli soldier and Palestinian militant were killed in an exchange of fire along the border.

Witnesses said Israeli aircraft bombed an auto rickshaw east of Khan Younis. Medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said four people were wounded, and two were in a critical condition.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that aircraft targeted what she described as a terrorist squad that had fired a rocket at Israeli soldiers. She said a hit was confirmed.

The official added that the Israeli military would continue to operate "against anyone who uses terror against the residents of the State of Israel. The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip." more

Israeli soldier and Palestinian fighter killed in exchange of fire at border, airstrikes follow

One Israel Defense Forces soldier, and one Palestinian militant were killed in an exchange of fire on the Israel-Gaza border on Friday morning.

The exchange of fire ensued after militants breached the border fence into Israel in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

At approximately 5.30 A.M., the IDF spotted someone armed breaching the border, and sent soldiers from the Golani Brigade to the site, who opened fire toward them.

Later on Friday, there were Palestinian reports of Israel Air Force activity and explosions in the Gaza Strip. The IDF later confirmed that the IAF had struck open fields in the Gaza Strip.

The incident occurred one week after two IDF soldiers from the Golani brigade were lightly to moderately wounded by gunfire on the border with the Gaza Strip. more