Israeli air strike on Gaza kills militant after rockets fired


A Palestinian fighter from the Popular Resistance Committee, an Islamist coalition of militants based in the Gaza Strip, attends a training session in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza in December 2010.



An Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip has killed one Palestinian militant and wounded another, hours after two rockets were fired from the coastal enclave into southern Israel as an Egyptian-brokered truce entered its second day.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that the strike had taken place, while a Hamas medical official told the news agency that the attack had targeted the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. According to the Associated Press, the Israeli military said the militant killed was preparing to launch rockets at the Jewish state.

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The Palestinian killed Friday is the ninth Gazan to die in an Israeli airstrike since Monday, when two militants crossed into Israel from the lawless Sinai peninsula and opened fire on civilians working on the construction of a border security fence, killing one. The Israeli military says more than 130 rockets and mortars have rained down on southern Israeli towns from Gaza since Monday, Reuters reported.

According to the Agence France Presse, two rockets struck the south on Friday but did not result in casualties or damage to property. Israeli military officials say the increase in air strikes on Gaza are “in no way related” to Monday’s cross-border attack.

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