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Israel strikes central Gaza, 1 injured

June 19, 2012 4:08 P.M. (Updated: June 20, 2012 10:04 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli war planes shelled the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, injuring one person, medics said.

The casualty, who was not identified, was traveling by motorcycle on Salah al-Din road when he was hit by a shell, witnesses told Ma'an. Doctors said he was evacuated to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

The Israeli army said the strike "targeted a terrorist squad in the central Gaza Strip ... (that) was responsible for the rockets fired at Israel over the past few hours."

Meanwhile the military wing of Hamas said it had fired 10 rockets towards Israeli community Raim near the Gaza border. An Israeli military spokesman said eight projectiles landed in the Eshkol region, without causing damage or injuries.

Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades had earlier said it fired four rockets overnight, and the military said three landed in Israel. The brigades said the fire was in response to Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in Monday which killed two of its affiliates and two Islamic Jihad militants.

Two 16-year-old Palestinians were killed in an Israeli operation overnight Monday, bringing the death toll on the Gaza borders to six in 24 hours.
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