Israel targets Gaza militant after Palestinian rocket attacks
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 00:58
Jan. 19 - Israeli air strike targets Gazan militant on motorcycle, after overnight Palestinian rocket attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Israel carried out an air strike on Sunday against a Gaza militant who it blamed for cross-border rocket attacks last week, and Palestinian medics said two people, including a 12-year-old, were wounded.
The so-called "targeted attack" against the man, identified by the Israeli military as Ahmad Sa'ad, a senior Islamic Jihad operative, was a sign of growing Israeli impatience over a recent upsurge in rocket fire out of the Gaza Strip.
The military said Sa'ad, who was attacked while riding a motorbike, was personally responsible for the launching of five rockets at the Israeli southern city of Ashkelon on Thursday that were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
The attack left the motorcycle on which Sa'ad was traveling burning on a Gaza road. The military said he was planning further rocket strikes soon against Israel.
After months of unusual quiet along the fence that separates southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, some 20 missile launches have been detected in the last month, the Israeli military said.
In a statement on Sunday's air strike, the military said it "targeted an integral component of the Gaza terrorist mechanism" and would not tolerate "aggression from the Hamas territory"
A spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry said a 24-year-old man and a 12-year-old were wounded in the attack. It did not identify them.
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