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Palestinian killed, 3 hurt in Israeli attack on northern Gaza

Oct. 23, 2012 10:27 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2012 2:38 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli fire killed a Palestinian man and injured three others late Tuesday after Israel's army said six rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed across the border, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said three Palestinians were transferred to Kamal Adwan hospital in Jabaliya for treatment of injuries sustained in the attack in the northern Gaza Strip. One person was seriously hurt and the others sustained moderate injuries, al-Qidra added.

The Israeli army said a hit was confirmed after aircraft targeted a rocket launching squad in the northern Gaza Strip, during its final preparations to fire rockets towards southern Israel.

Over six rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel in the past three hours, it said.

Hamas said two of its gunmen were killed and another wounded, Reuters reported. It did not comment on Israel's allegation that they had prepared rocket launches.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said in an emailed statement.

The attack came hours after Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine fighters claimed responsibility for an attack that wounded an Israeli soldier on the Gaza border. The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said it was responsible for a bomb that went off beside an army patrol east of Khan Younis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said Israel would deliver a strong response to the attack. "We will fight and we will hit them very, very hard," Netanyahu said.

On Monday, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said it had fired mortars at soldiers and cross-border rockets east of Beit Hanoun after Israeli forces killed two Palestinian fighters.
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