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Israel bombs Gaza Strip
Published Wednesday 03/04/2013 (updated) 29/04/2013 14:59
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Hamas militants hold a symbolic coffin of the prisoner who died of
cancer while in Israeli detention, on April 2. (AFP/Mohammad Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, causing damage but no injuries, in the first airstrike on the enclave since a November ceasefire.

Two airstrikes hit a tile factory in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood, east of Gaza City, and farm land in Beit Lahiya in the north, locals said.

The raids were the first since Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Nov. 21 to end an 8-day war on the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said the two attacks were in response to rocket fire from the enclave.

"In response to several rocket fire incidents directed at Israel, an Israel Air Force aircraft targeted overnight two extensive terror sites in the Northern Gaza Strip," it said in a statement.

"Accurate hits were identified."

On Tuesday Gaza militants fired a rocket into southern Israel after the death in custody of a Palestinian who suffered from cancer, Israeli police said.

"There was a rocket that was fired," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "It landed in an open area," he said, adding there were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage.

Earlier in the day Palestinian witnesses told AFP militants in Gaza City had fired three mortar rounds on Israel.

The Israeli army initially said one projectile had landed in Israel, without causing any casualties, but later said none had.

A spokeswoman said military systems detected launches within Gaza but that they had fallen short and landed within the strip.

A coalition of Salafist groups later claimed that its militants fired two rockets at Israel on Tuesday afternoon.

The Mujahedeen Shura Council said in a statement received by AFP that its action was "part of our answer to the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh".

Abu Hamdiyeh, a 63-year-old prisoner from the West Bank city of Hebron, had been suffering from throat cancer. His death on Tuesday morning sparked Palestinian anger, with officials blaming Israel for allegedly delaying his treatment and refusing to release him early on compassionate grounds.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP the faction was watching the developments with "the greatest concern" and that Israel would "regret its continuing crimes".

It was the third instance of rocket fire since the end of the November fighting, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered truce that has been almost completely respected.

The previous time rocket fire hit Israel was on March 21 during a visit by US President Barack Obama, when two rockets also claimed by the Salafists caused some damage but no injuries.

AFP contributed to this report.
1 ) Mel / USA
03/04/2013 11:09
ALL MIMIC-in their actions&verbage-all that moral people are supposed to be AGAINST!!! GREEDY elitist-USG-puppets/military despots(with UAE bank #'s)--how they FEEL re: biased"peace"?ordinary people--in Egypt,Jordan&Palestine,who're living successfully notunder threat ..Real peace...prosperity..."? A negative"peace"& selective"prosperity"!Ask TENS of MILLIONS of sake of a HANDFUL of EXTREMIST politicalSyrian -Armaggedonist-Dispensationalists-in USG/Lobby Lockshon

2 ) Ginger Minge / Australia
03/04/2013 11:16
Why are they so upset, the convicted mass murderer was a heavy smoker and died of throat cancer.

3 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
03/04/2013 11:46
The government in Gaza needs to make a public example of those firing rockets. It has to be something so horrific that even Israeli right wingers are horrified and satisfied. The alternative is another bloodbath in Gaza. Just make sure that the correct idiots are identified, tried and convicted. Put the punishment up on the internet for all to see, especially Israeli right wingers.

4 ) shirleyS / Australia
03/04/2013 14:41
get this everday since the cease fire isreal has shot at pal farmers and has attcked some fishermen and the illegal buffer zone was supposed to end to which Isreal has kept it going and fired constant at farmers and refuse to let them back to farm their land after the agreement Isreal shot and killed palestinians and wounded about 100 others so who is too bame asa for OBAMA S fake visit who wouldnt fire rockets when this war criminal sneaks around wioth his lies and fake peace talks

5 ) @ Mark-3 / USA too
03/04/2013 15:04
"The government in Gaza already make public examples of those firing rockets", and other murderous activities directed at Israeli civilians,
and so does the government in Ramallah, but the example involves honoring them with monuments or street names after their deaths.

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
03/04/2013 15:08
Most likely Israel had intelligence reports that:
- the "tile factory in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood" was building rockets, and
- the "farm land east of Gaza City" was the launch site for firing the rockets.

7 ) @ Ginger-2 / USA
03/04/2013 15:15
The answer to your question is obviously "Jewish",
where "they are upset the convicted mass murderer":
- died in a Jewish jail, instead of
- murdering more Jewish civilians.

8 ) convicted by a jury of peers? / USA
03/04/2013 15:58
the zio ginger in oz say he was a convicted murderer....condemned by land thieves and their goons (IDF)

9 ) Mel1 / USA
03/04/2013 16:05
As if Israel needs ANY excuses to commit ongoing war-crimes with US-made hi-tech weapons,against 1.6 million CIVILIANS blockaded(by land,sea&air)inside concentration camp Gaza who have the universal right to use the methods of RESISTANCE,against their Jewish 'Zio-fist'occupiers,just as the Jews did in Eurasia! OBAMA!Deduct the cost of damage done to the"peace process"by Israel,from our annual DIRECT FOREIGN AID & loan guarantees to Israel(3-10 BILLION)! Else you're funding terrorism...again!

10 ) War / Piece
03/04/2013 17:09
The time of the next Gaza war is coming - palestinian terrorists start forgetting lessons of the last wars, so new war is needed again. My guess - palestinians were enjoying electricity in Gaza for too long now, time to teach them another lesson.

11 ) Stan Squires / Canada
03/04/2013 21:18
I am from vancouver,canada and i wanted to say that Gaza is a prison for the people living there.The israeli gov. is responsible for this crime against humanity and the people of Gaza got the right to fight against these barbaric measures by whatever means necessary.
The majority of the people in the world supports the people of Gaza.This support will continue until the israeli occupation forces leave Palestine.

12 ) Paul / Africa
04/04/2013 00:00
Damn Arob bers.

13 ) gabi / australia
04/04/2013 01:02
two episodes of rocket fire from Gaza since the so-called cease-fire - cf almost daily breaches by the IDF, including several deaths. So bomb Gaza as punishment for their rocket fire - that's seems fair! ?

14 ) Arming terrorists / Africa
04/04/2013 06:31
Better israeli terrorists than arab ones. Resistance... That is just a pretty word for Palestinian terrorism. Let all those murderers rot in jail, good riddance

15 ) Uriel / Israel
04/04/2013 06:54
There is no such thing as a cease fire as terrorist when they have their backs against the wall then they call Egypt to call Israel for a cease fire then while the cease fire is upheld the terrorist rearm themselves and start firing towards Israel

16 ) ABE / USA
04/04/2013 09:42
So here we go again. Now Palestinians will get hurt!!

17 ) Ivor Bigunn / Russia
04/04/2013 11:56
#2) Your taking the mick :)

Hamas and Co should think twice about escalating this time. The noise of their demise might be drowned out by Syria and Korea.
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