At least 1 killed, several injured as IDF unleash retaliatory strikes on Gaza – health officials
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Palestinian Health officials said that at least one person was killed and several injured after Israeli military responded with force to a “barrage of rockets” coming from Gaza Strip this Saturday.
“Four Palestinians have been injured in an Israeli airstrike around the town of Beit Hanoun in the north of Gaza Strip,” Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for Palestine’s Health ministry, was quoted by RIA Novosti. Later in the day, AFP reported that the Israeli strikes had killed at least one person in the area.
Earlier on Saturday, the Israeli armed forces said as many as 90 rockets were fired from inside Gaza Strip into Israel. Dozens of them were intercepted by Iron Dome missile defense system. There were no immediate reports on casualties.
No Palestinian militant group immediately claimed credit for the rocket attack. Nevertheless, Israel responded shortly thereafter, with the air force hitting rocket launchers in Gaza and tanks opening fire at Hamas outposts.
Violence resumed in Gaza this week after two Israeli troops were shot and injured while on patrol along the border in Gaza, triggering IDF retaliatory airstrikes. At least four Palestinians were killed and dozens of others wounded, including 10 children, three paramedics and a journalist. In the midst of the escalation, Hamas vowed tit-for-tat response.
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