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2 Palestinian women injured as Israel pounds Gaza overnight

June 15, 2014 11:41 A.M. (Updated: June 15, 2014 7:24 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman and a teenage girl sustained wounds Saturday night in two separate Israeli airstrikes on the Rafah district in the southern Gaza Strip, medical sources said.

The injuries occurred as Israeli launched eight air strikes against the Gaza Strip overnight, in what they said was a response to three rockets fired from the besieged coastal enclave the day before.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an on Sunday that a 15-year-old girl was hit by shrapnel after an Israeli missile hit southern Rafah.

The girl, he said, was in her courtyard when an Israeli missile fired from the air hit a military camp near her house.

Al-Qidra added that a 27-year-old woman was moderately injured by shrapnel from an Israeli missile that landed in the Saudi neighborhood in southern Rafah. The woman suffered a fracture in the foot as a result of the attack.

Israeli warplanes also fired two missiles at open areas in al-Salam neighborhood in Rafah and the Saad Sayil military base in the city, though no injuries have been reported.

Two missiles were also fired at a military base for the military wing of the Islamic Jihad south of Rafah.

In Khan Younis, also in the southern Gaza Strip, Israeli jets targeted a military base belonging to Hamas' military wing Al-Qassam Brigades and an open area near an evacuated Israeli settlement. No injuries were reported in those strikes either.

The Israeli military confirmed the strikes, saying that they had targeted "three terror activity sites, two weapon storage and manufacturing facilities in the southern Gaza Strip, as well as a terror activity site in the central Gaza Strip."

The military said in a statement that "direct hits were confirmed."

The strikes come only three days after Israeli air forces targeted a Palestinian individual associated with Palestinian political and militant group Islamic Jihad in an airstrike that killed him as well as a seven-year-old boy who was walking nearby, and injured another man.

In the past two weeks, six rockets from the Gaza Strip have hit Israel, all of them landing harmlessly in open areas.

Although Hamas has maintained a ceasefire with Israel since Nov. 2012, other militant groups in the besieged coastal enclave occasionally fire rockets.
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