Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Battle brewing? Palestinian dies in Israeli airstrike

Israeli airstrikes in southern Gaza killed one Palestinian and seriously wounded another Wednesday morning, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

"Israeli aircraft targeted and hit a terrorist squad in the Southern Gaza Strip, which had launched rockets towards Israeli communities yesterday," according to an Israeli military statement that also said a smuggler's tunnel was hit in a separate strike.

Hamas, the party that rules Gaza, confirmed the airstrikes.

"Israeli airplanes targeted one Palestinian citizen, injured other during raid on Rafah city south of Gaza strip," the faction's interior ministry website said. Palestinian medics said Mohammed Abu-Moa'amer, 24, died in the attack.

The Hamas statement also said Israel shelled a tunnel on the Palestinian-Egyptian border. No injures were reported.

The cross-border attacks come after a few days of relative quiet, following a week of heightened violence between the sides. (read more)