Gaza boy killed in Israeli strike after rocket fire

03/14/2016 04:00 | 67132

Gaza boy killed in Israeli strike after rocket fire

Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a parade to mark the 11th anniversary of the Israeli assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Gaza city, on March 22, 2015.

According to media reports, the Israeli warplanes were targeting training caps of Palestine's Hamas movement, after several rockets were launched from the Gaza Strop into Israel on Friday.

The rockets landed in open areas in southern Israel, the army said, without reporting damage or injuries.

Gaza rocket fire has been gradually lessening since a 2014 war when militants fired thousands of rockets and mortars into Israel and over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and six Israeli civilians and 67 soldiers were killed.

Hamas must prevent the firing of rockets from Gaza on Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted.

Seven Palestinians are blocked since Thursday morning in the collapse of a tunnel in the Gaza Strip border with Egypt, latest incident of this kind in the territory, said the rescue.

Israel has increased its efforts against unauthorized Palestinian laborers, arresting more than 400 workers and dozens of their Israeli employers over the past two days, police said. "The blood of the two children that were killed in Gaza will not be spilled in vain", Izz-a-Din Al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, announced.

None of the factions in Gaza claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, but Salafist militants are suspected of being behind the attack, possibly launching the projectiles to antagonize their rivals in Hamas.

Israeli military officials say that while the rockets may not have been launched by Hamas, the group is responsible for anything fired from its territory.

"The military will continue to act to protect those who threaten innocent lives and Israel's sovereignty", he said.

Around 34 missiles have been fired from the coastal strip controlled by Hamas into Israel since the end of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, according to military statistics.

Special correspondent Shuttleworth reported from Jerusalem.


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