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Israel strikes 2 targets in northern Gaza

Nov. 14, 2013 3:50 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 17, 2013 2:34 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes struck two targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, Israel's army said.

"Earlier this afternoon an IAF aircraft targeted two concealed rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip. Since yesterday two rockets have hit Israel," a statement said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that one rocket hit southern Israel on Wednesday and one on Thursday, with no injuries or damage reported.

On Thursday, Palestinians in Gaza commemorated the 1st anniversary of Israel's 2012 war on the coastal territory, which killed over 170 people and injured at least 1,000.

Extensive damage was caused to civilian infrastructure as Israel hit over 1,500 sites, with media buildings targeted and several journalists killed and wounded.

Six Israelis were also killed in the fighting.

Amnesty International says that tens of thousands of Gazans fled their homes during the conflict, with hundreds still displaced because their homes were destroyed by Israeli strikes.

A year on, Israeli restrictions on importing construction materials mean most Gazans have been unable to rebuild their damaged homes.

"The fear of more bloodshed hangs like a dark cloud over men, women and children who feel trapped in a cycle of violations fueled by a climate of impunity," said Deborah Hyams, researcher on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories at Amnesty International.

"The world continues to look the other way when it comes to the blockade on Gaza, which collectively punishes 1.7 million civilians. This stark violation of international law has been allowed to continue for more than six years," Hyams added.
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