Monday, 9 November 2015

Israel launches airstrike on southern Gaza Strip

Israel launched an airstrike on the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday in response to a rocket fired from the besieged enclave earlier in the day, witnesses and Israel's army said.

Locals said that Israeli warplanes targeted a training site belonging to the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, between Rafah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

"In response to the attack, IAF aircraft targeted a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip," Israel's army said.

The site is located on the grounds of a former Israeli settlement which was evacuated in 2005.

No injuries were reported in the airstrike.

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Palestinian woman killed after alleged attack at Qalqiliya checkpoint

A 24-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli military forces at a checkpoint in Qalqiliya after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack on Monday.

Israel's Defense Ministry said that a Palestinian woman approached cars at a military checkpoint north of the illegal Alfei Menashe settlement south of Qalqiliya, Israeli media reported.

Israeli forces reportedly asked the woman to stop advancing towards vehicles and fired warning shots in the air. She then drew a knife from her bag and Israeli soldiers shot her dead on the spot.

The incident occurred at around 7 a.m. at the Eliyahu checkpoint, with no Israelis injured. The woman was identified as Rasha Muhammad Oweisi, 24.

Oweisi was carrying a note in her bag stating: "I'm doing this with a clear head. I can't bear what I see and I can't suffer anymore," according to Israeli news site Ynet.

The note also contained an apology to her family. more