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1 dead, 1 injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza

July 9, 2014 9:35 A.M. (Updated: July 9, 2014 2:43 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was killed and another was injured by an Israeli airstrike on a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bringing the death toll of Israel's latest air offensive on Gaza to 25, an official said.

Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an 30-year-old Rafiq al-Kafarna was killed as Israeli warplanes targeted his motorcycle in Beit Lahiya.

Another man sustained critical injuries and was taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital, al-Qidra said.

An Israeli army spokesman told Ma'an that the Israeli army carried out a joint operation with the Shin Bet intelligence agency to target Abdullah Diysallah, "a known Islamic Jihad terrorist."

The spokesperson said the strike took place in the northern Gaza Strip, and refused to comment on whether or not the bombing struck its target.

Earlier Wednesday, an Israeli airstrike hit an open area in al-Mighrafa in the central Gaza Strip.

A house in al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza was struck by an airstrike as well, in addition to a house in al-Fukhari village south of Khan Younis.

An Israeli army statement said earlier that the air force carried out strikes on some 160 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight.

Israeli airstrikes killed 24 Palestinians, most of them civilians, on Tuesday in Gaza.

Israel has dubbed its air campaign on Gaza "Operation Protective Edge," saying the offensive comes in response to heavy rocket fire from Gaza's militant groups.

Since June 12, when the latest round of violence began, the army says hundreds of rockets have hit Israel, with another 40 intercepted.

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