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Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza kills one, wounds two

English.news.cn   2014-06-12 07:29:11

GAZA, June 11 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli airstrike on a motorbike in northern Gaza killed one Palestinian and wounded two others late Wednesday, medics and witnesses said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of Gaza emergency, told reporters that a 25-year-old young man was killed and two others, including a child, were wounded in an Israeli airstrike targeting a motorcycle in northern Gaza area.

He also said the identity of the killed youngster remained unclear so far, adding that the two wounded bystanders are in moderate conditions.

A man drove a motorbike in al-Sudaneya area in northern Gaza was struck by an air-to-ground missile, witnesses said.

There was no immediate response from Israeli army to the airstrike.

Security officials in Gaza said the airstrike was apparently an Israeli response to an earlier rocket firing from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

Earlier in the day, a rocket fired from Gaza exploded near a community in southern Israel, just hours after Israeli defense minister warned the army would respond forcefully to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. No one has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.

In November 2012, Egypt brokered a cease-fire agreement between

Israel and Hamas-led militants of the Gaza Strip, ending eight days of Israeli aerial operation on Gaza which killed 184 Palestinians and six Israelis.

Since then, Gaza militants, which opposed the ceasefire, fired rockets into Israel, while Israeli war jets responded by striking on the militants' facilities in Gaza.

Editor: Yang Yi
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