A Palestinian terrorist died of wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip that injured two others late Friday night. The IAF conducted a second strike on Beit Lahiya. No injuries were reported there.
According to Palestinian sources, the first airstrike targeted a motorcycle driving northwest of Gaza City. Hammam Abou Qadous, 20, died of his wounds afterwards.
The strike followed continuing rocket fire on Israel, with one rocket landing in an open field in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, another landing in the Hevel Eshkol Regional Council and a third on the outskirts of Ashkelon, all in the course of Friday evening. None of the rockets caused damage or injuries.
Earlier Friday, a terrorist was killed and a second injured as they prepared to fire rockets into Israel near the al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, the IDF Spokesman’s office said.
Palestinian officials in the Gaza Strip reported that the terrorist killed in a strike on al-Bureij refugee camp belonged to a pro al-Qaeda, fringe Salafist Islamist group which Israel held responsible for a deadly cross-border attack from Egypt’s Sinai on Monday in which an Israeli civilian was killed.
A Gaza health official, Ashraf Al Kedra, confirmed the death and injury.
Palestinian terrorists fired a total of six rockets at Israel over the course of Friday, and 12 rockets on Thursday, the spokesman’s office said.
The latest escalation of rocket attacks from Gaza began Monday. Since then, more than 120 rockets and missiles have been fired into Israel. Israeli airstrikes on Gaza terrorist targets have since killed at least six Palestinians.
A Hamas spokesman said his organization would respond severely to any aggression on Israel’s part and rejected reports that a ceasefire had been reached between the sides.
On Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor lodged a formal complaint with the Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon regarding the recent barrage of attacks from the Strip. He called on the international community to recognize Israel’s right to self-defense.
“So long as there are no quiet towns in southern Israel, Gaza won’t be quiet either,” Prosor said. He also protested what he said was the fact that Israel’s compliance with UN demands to allow aid into Gaza is met with rocket fire.
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