GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli warplanes raided the Gaza Strip overnight killing a Palestinian and wounding another, witnesses and Palestinian medical officials said on Friday.
One man was killed and another was wounded in an air attack on Rafah, in the south part of the territory close to the border with Egypt, the sources said. A third was reported missing.
No casualties were reported in two other overnight air raids, one in the south and the other in the north of the tiny Palestinian territory.
An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the raids, saying “our planes attacked an armoury in the north of the Gaza Strip and two tunnels used for gun running” from Egypt.
“The raids are a reaction to the shelling Thursday from the Gaza Strip of the western sector of the Negev desert” in southern Israel, the spokesman added.
According to the military a dozen mortar rounds were fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, with seven of them hitting Israel but none causing any casualties or damage.
Around 100 rockets and mortar rounds have hit Israel since the beginning of the year, the army says.
The number of attacks from Gaza has declined significantly since Israel launched a devastating assault on the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave at the end of 2008 to put a stop to daily volleys of rocket fire. ©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.