Last Updated: Sat Oct 13, 2012 22:50 pm (KSA) 19:50 pm (GMT)

Israel air strike kills one Palestinian in Gaza: medics

A Palestinian child stands before a field of tents set up by the United Nations to house displaced Palestinian families in Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip. (Photo courtesy Maan News Agency)
A Palestinian child stands before a field of tents set up by the United Nations to house displaced Palestinian families in Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip. (Photo courtesy Maan News Agency)

An Israeli air strike killed one Palestinian and wounded two others, including a child, in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian medical sources said.

The attack, one of several on the coastal strip over the course of the day, targeted an unidentified man driving a motorcycle in the northern town of Jabaliya, they said.

The Israeli army confirmed an attack, but gave no details.

Following the fatal strike, the air force also hit a training camp in Gaza City of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the strip, Palestinian sources said.

No casualties were reported.

Earlier on Saturday, the air force hit three targets in Gaza, hours after a rocket fired from the territory exploded near a house in southern Israel, sources on both sides said.

“Aircraft targeted a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip, and two terror activity sites in the central Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed,” a statement from the Israeli military said.

“The sites were targeted in response to the rocket fire towards southern Israel.”

Palestinian security officials said there were no casualties from the strikes, one of which hit an unmanned training camp of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement, south of Gaza City.

They said the other two hit open ground near the Nusseirat and Al-Bureij refugee camps in central Gaza, possibly used as rocket launch sites.

On Friday night, Gaza militants fired a Grad rocket that exploded in the yard of a residential building in the southern Israeli town of Netivot.

One person was taken for medical treatment suffering from shock, and the building was damaged by the rocket.

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, a Salafist group, issued a statement saying it fired the rocket on Netivot.

There has been a flurry of tit-for-tat violence on the Gaza-Israel border in recent days.

On Thursday, Israeli warplanes raided a training camp of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, several hours after Gaza militants fired two rockets into southern Israel.

On Wednesday the Israeli air force struck targets in northern Gaza, also without causing casualties. The strikes came after rocket fire that was also claimed by the Mujahedeen Shura Council.

Earlier in the week, the armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a barrage of fire at southern Israel a day after warplanes raided the southern city of Rafah, targeting two men the military said were global jihad activists.

The two were critically wounded and one later died. Another eight people were wounded, among them five children.

Monday’s rocket fire by Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants marked a rare show of force given that the two groups normally observe a de facto truce on rocket fire on Israel.

The last time Hamas militants fired on Israel was during a flareup in June when militant groups fired more than 150 rockets, wounding five people, and Israel hit back with air strikes that killed 15 Palestinians.

According to the Israeli military, more than 480 rockets or mortar rounds have been fired at southern Israel from Gaza this year.

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