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Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills Jihad militant

Palestinian sources say aerial assault in northern Strip kills Islamic Jihad militant, injures four others; IDF says targeted rocket launching cell

An Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza has killed one Palestinian militant and injured four others, Palestinian sources told Ynet Wednesday night. The IDF confirmed identifying and targeting a rocket launching cell.


Dr. Moaiya Hassanain, a Palestinian Health Ministry official, confirmed that one person was killed and the Islamic Jihad militant group has identified that man as their own.


The attack comes one day after six Gaza militants were killed during an IDF operation in Gaza – the first since Israel and the armed groups in the Strip agreed to an armistice, five months ago. 


Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers both sought to contain the fallout of the violence, but blamed each other for violating the lull.


Earlier a Palestinian source told Ynet that Hamas has asked Islamic Jihad to refrain from firing any more Qassam rockets at Israel.


Some 40 rockets have been fired toward the western Negev region since Tuesday night. The latest Qassam rocket was fired at Israel at 10 pm, landing near the security fence. No injuries or damage were reported in the shooting, which was claimed by Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades.


Hanan Greenberg contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 11.05.08, 23:42
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