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Israel attacks Gaza targets in retaliation for rocket fire

English.news.cn   2014-06-20 15:27:20
• Israel Air Force struck militant sites across Gaza Strip in response to continued rocket fire.
• Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that six people were wounded in the strike.
• It was the second Israeli retaliation in 24 hours.
 
 
 JERUSALEM, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The Israel Air Force (IAF) struck militant sites across the Gaza Strip early on Friday, in response to continued rocket fire from the coastal territory, said a statement released by the Israeli army.

The strike came hours after two rockets were fired Wednesday evening towards southern Israel. One of the projectiles landed in an open area near the town of Sderot, causing no injuries or damage. A second projectile was intercepted by an Iron Dome rocket defense battery, the army said.

In response, the IAF targeted three concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza, as well as a center of militant activity and a weapons storage facility in the central and southern strip, the army said in the statement.

Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that six people were wounded in the strike.

It was the second Israeli retaliation in 24 hours. Overnight Thursday, fighter jets struck five Gaza targets, including a terror infrastructure site and an underground rocket launching pad in central and northern Gaza, after militants launched five rockets towards Israel earlier in the evening.

The Israeli army said a home sustained damage from a rocket that fell in an unnamed community, and that it intercepted one rocket over the city of Ashkelon.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said Friday morning that the success of the Iron Dome system in intercepting the Gaza rockets "does not change the absurd fact" that Israelis have been living under the threat of rocket fire for years.

"We shall persist in our determination to combat terror elements and eliminate the threat to Israeli lives," he said.

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