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Ministry: Boy killed as Israel bombs Gaza City

June 20, 2012 3:25 P.M. (Updated: June 22, 2012 10:24 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 14-year-old boy was killed Wednesday afternoon as Israel bombed Gaza City in the third day of strikes on the enclave, Gaza's health ministry said.

Momen al-Adam was killed and two people were injured, including Momen's father, in the strike east of the Zaitoun neighborhood, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israeli forces had hit the area.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli warplanes targeted a group of civilians.

A 2-year-old girl was killed in the same neighborhood on Tuesday evening when militants launched a rocket nearby, witnesses said.

Israel has killed eight Palestinians in Gaza in a series of airstrikes and tank shelling since Sunday evening. Al-Qidra said 17 were injured in the attacks.

Militants have responded to the attacks by firing a barrage of rockets across the border into southern Israel.

Around noon Wednesday a 21-year-old man was killed in an airstrike on Rafah in southern Gaza. The army said in a statement that he was involved in a raid from Egypt's Sinai on the Israeli border on Monday.

Israeli airstrikes killed four men in northern Gaza on Monday and two teenagers were killed by Israeli shelling on Tuesday morning.

Cairo has brokered Gaza truces in the past and an Egyptian official said renewed mediation had secured agreement by Israel and Palestinian factions on Tuesday night.

A Palestinian source accused the Israelis of violating the deal. Israel neither confirmed nor denied there was such deal, and the military said in a statement it would "continue to operate with perseverance and determination against those who use terror against the State of Israel."

Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman told Ma'an on Wednesday that Egypt was in touch with all parties in order to restore calm.
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