Israel bombs Gaza after rocket attacks, Hamas gunman killed

GAZA Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:40pm EDT

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GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces attacked militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing a Hamas gunman and wounding two others after a spate of rocket launches from the Palestinian territory, officials on both sides said.

The Hamas casualties were caused by a strike that the Israeli military said targeted a group of Palestinians spotted about to fire a rocket across the border.

Palestinian medics said two other people were wounded in air strikes on at least six other Gaza targets.

The Israeli military said two rockets fired from Gaza earlier on Sunday were shot down by its Iron Dome missile interceptor defense system.

On Saturday rockets set a factory on fire in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, wounding three people, officials said.

"Over the weekend, the Israel Defense Forces attacked multiple targets in response to firing at Israel from the Gaza Strip," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in public remarks to his cabinet on Sunday. "We are ready to expand this operation, if necessary."

Palestinian officials said targets hit in the Israeli air strikes belonged to Hamas's armed wing - the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades - Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees.

Hamas, an Islamist movement that seized the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007, signed a reconciliation deal with him in April under which a unity government was formed on June 2.

Since the beginning of June, militants in the Gaza Strip have fired at least 62 rockets at Israel in attacks that have caused few injuries, the Israeli military said.

In Gaza, Israeli air strikes have totaled more than 80 this month and killed three militants and wounded more than a dozen other people, Palestinian officials said.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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Comments (8)
Thomas269 wrote:
How are the mindless rocket attacks working out for you, Palestinian militants? You rarely damage anything, and you continue to provide an excuse to be subjugated. Maybe you should pursue tactics that might lead to success.

Just sayin’.

Jun 29, 2014 8:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
drmorocco wrote:
Thomas269,

You hit it right on the nose. These useless strikes give Israel reason to continue rights abuse. Without these strikes world opinion would become much more negative against Israel at a much faster pace.

Jun 29, 2014 11:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dr_Steve wrote:
What I find ironic about this whole mess is that Gaza is on a strip of beach on the Mediterranean Sea. There is even a refugee camp on some beachfront property there. If these people would just build condos, hotels, strip malls, restaurants and the like on that property, it would be worth a veritable fortune. People from around the world would flock there to spend money. But no, they have to envy their more inland neighbor and constantly harass them, drawing death and destruction upon themselves. Why can’t they figure that out?

Jun 29, 2014 3:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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