Friday, 3 January 2014

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack


JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli war planes launched strikes against the Gaza Strip early Friday, the army said, shortly after a rocket from the besieged coastal enclave hit an Israeli area.

A statement from the army said that "in response to rocket fire toward Israel," its "aircraft targeted a terror infrastructure site in the central Gaza Strip and three concealed rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip."

"Direct hits were confirmed," the statement read.

Palestinian sources within Gaza said that the strikes targeted agricultural land near al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, the town of Beit Hanoun in the north, and another neighborhood in eastern Gaza City.

There were no injuries reported. more

Gaza teen dies of wounds after Thursday border shooting


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager died early Friday of wounds sustained by Israeli forces the day before in the northern Gaza Strip, medics told Ma'an.

Palestinian medical sources identified the teen, who was shot Thursday at the Israeli border near Jabaliya, as 16-year-old Adnan Abu Khater.

Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the emergency services in Gaza, said in a statement that Abu Khater died of his wounds after soldiers shot him in the leg east of Jabaliya, according to AFP. more