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Israel stages 12 air strikes on Gaza after rocket fire

The attacks struck training grounds used by Palestinian militants, leaving two people lightly injured.

By: Press Trust of India | Gaza City |
June 25, 2014 4:46:33 pm
israel Palestinian security officers inspect buildings at a beach restaurant on the Mediterranean Sea, that were damaged by Israeli airstrikes, in Nuseirat Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip on Wednesday. (Source: AP)

The Israeli air force carried out 12 raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after militants fired more rockets at southern Israel, Palestinian security sources said on Wednesday.

The attacks struck training grounds used by Palestinian militants, leaving two people lightly injured, they informed.

The Israeli military confirmed a series of overnight strikes in a statement which said it had struck five rocket-launching sites in northern Gaza, as well two other sites in central and southern areas of the strip.

The raids took place after militants fired five rockets at southern Israel, one of which hit an open area. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system while the other two landed inside Gaza, the statement said.

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In a related development, a Palestinian child who was seriously wounded on Tuesday when a rocket fired at Israel fell
short and landed inside Gaza, died of her injuries during the night, medical sources said.

She was one of four people wounded in the incident, they said.

There has been a noticeable uptick in Palestinian rocket fire at Israel in recent weeks, leading to a series of almost
nightly air strikes by Israel.

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The increase in rocket fire comes as Israeli troops stage a wide-ranging manhunt for three teenagers who disappeared
from the southern West Bank on June 12, with the Israeli government blaming militants from the Islamist Hamas movement.

Until June 2, when Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank formed a joint administration, the coastal territory had been
ruled by Hamas.

Since the beginning of the year, Gaza militants have fired more than 200 rockets at southern Israel, army statistics show.

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First published on: 25-06-2014 at 04:46:33 pm
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