Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Ministry: Boy killed as Israel bombs Gaza City

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 14-year-old boy was killed Wednesday afternoon as Israel bombed Gaza City in the third day of strikes on the enclave, Gaza's health ministry said.

Momen al-Adam was killed and two people were injured, including Momen's father, in the strike east of the Zaitoun neighborhood, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israeli forces had hit the area.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli warplanes targeted a group of civilians.

A 2-year-old girl was killed in the same neighborhood on Tuesday evening when militants launched a rocket nearby, witnesses said. more

Palestinian fighter killed after missile hits motorbike in Rafah

A Palestinian militant has been killed in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, medics say, hours after more than 20 rockets were fired into Israel.

Ghalib Armilat died after a missile hit his motorbike in the southern town of Rafah. Another militant was injured.

Israel said Armilat had been involved in an attack on its border with Egypt on Monday, which left an Israeli dead.

Earlier, Gaza militants fired another barrage of rockets and mortars into Israel. No casualties were reported. more

Israel launches seven airstrikes early Wednesday across Gaza Strip, 4 injured

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday as Israeli airstrikes continued across the coastal enclave.

Later Wednesday morning 17-year-old Yahya Hattab was injured by shrapnel, when Israeli forces fired artillery shells at Wadi al-Salqa, south of Deir al-Balah, medics said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said she had no record of the incident.

Overnight, Israeli jets struck a blacksmith workshop in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, leaving one man moderately injured, witnesses said.

Nearby, an Israeli helicopter fired on a civilian vehicle near Ali Ibn Abu Talib Mosque. The driver narrowly escaped after his vehicle was damaged, a Ma'an reporter said.

Warplanes also fired on a group of Palestinian militants east of Gaza City. Two were injured and evacuated to hospital.

There were also raids on a military site in al-Sudaniyya, northwest of Gaza City, and an agricultural area in Rafah, south Gaza. more

2-year-old child killed in Israeli shelling, total of 7 Gaza dead in past 24 hours

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that a 2-year-old child was killed, on Tuesday at night, and her brother was injured, when a missile fired by the Israeli air force hit their home in Az-Zeitoun neighborhood south of Gaza city.

The child was identified as Hadeel Ahmad Al-Haddad, 2, her brother suffered moderate injuries, and was moved to a local hospital for treatment.

The Israeli missiles and shells targeting the Gaza Strip led to the death of 7 Palestinians in the last 24 hours, while dozens of injuries were reported, some seriously. more