Tuesday, 8 July 2014

New airstrikes target Gaza amid rocket fire - at least 2 killed


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on Gaza Tuesday, after hitting over 50 sites in the Strip overnight, Ma'an reporters said.

Airstrikes hit three areas in Gaza City -- the al-Zaytouna neighborhood, the al-Shajaiya neighborhood, and an area near an Islamic center in the al-Sabra neighborhood.

Eight people were injured in the strike on al-Shajaiya.

Four men and one woman were hospitalized after being injured in the airstrike on al-Sabra.

Warplanes also targeted Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, with no injuries immediately reported.

Airstrikes also hit the southern Gaza Strip, targeting a home belonging to resident Mahmoud al-Hashash, without causing injuries.

The Israeli news site Ynet said Gaza factions had fired rockets at Ashdod and Ashkelon in southern Israel on Tuesday, causing a fire in one case.

Rockets launched toward Ofakim and Beersheba were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome system, the report said.

Another rocket targeted an open area in Eshkol, with no injuries or damages reported. more

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