Death toll rises in new Gaza air-strikes

At least four Palestinians are dead in new Israeli air-strikes on the Gaza Strip over the past two days. The first strikes came on Dec. 8, targeting cars carrying presumed operatives of Hamas’ armed wing and Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, both of whom were killed. Militants responded with a barrage of rockets, some of which landed near Beersheba. No one was hurt in the rocket attacks, but aiir-raid sirens summoned residents of southern Israel to shelters. Another Israeli air-strike followed before dawn on Dec. 9, hitting a Hamas target in Gaza City. The blast flattened a nearby home, killing its owner; the man’s 12-year-old son was pronounced dead hours later. The man’s wife and five other children were wounded, hospital officials said. (Ma’an News Agency, Dec. 9)

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  1. One killed in Gaza drone strike
    A missile fired from an Israeli drone at presumed militants near the Gaza Strip’s border wall left one dead. The Israeli announcement said its air force had “targeted a terrorist squad that was identified moments before firing rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip. A hit was confirmed, thwarting the rocket fire attempt. The aforementioned squad is responsible for the firing of rockets at Israel in the past number of days.” About a dozen rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the past week. None caused injury or damage. (NYT, Dec. 30)