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2 killed, 1 injured in Gaza City airstrike

March 16, 2011 10:54 A.M. (Updated: March 17, 2011 1:35 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli air strike hit a training base near the former settlement of Nitzarim on Wednesday, killing two and injuring a third, medics said.

The strike was the first in a week and a half.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the strike, saying the strike was in response to a projectile he said had been fired from Gaza earlier in the day.

The projectile was said to have landed in the Sdot Negev region, near the southern Gaza Strip. The spokesman said he was unaware of how far into Israel the projectile had traveled.

There were no damages or injuries reported from the projectile, he said, and added that a "direct hit" was identified by Israel's Airforce when it bombed what he described as a "terror activity" site near Gaza City.

Medics identified the dead as members of the armed group the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the injured man was also a member.

Local sources said two Israeli jets fired two missiles at a training site used by the brigades, known as Abu Jarad field.

Spokesman of Gaza’s ambulance and emergency service Adham Abu Salmiya identified the victims as Adnan Shteiwi and Ghassan Abu Amr.

The injured man was not identified and said to be receiving treatment in hospital.
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