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Israel carries out airstrike on Khan Yunis in Gaza

AP , Saturday 20 Dec 2014
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Smoke rises in the Gaza Strip after an Israeli strike August 3, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Israel's military struck Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the besieged Palestinian territory since their assault on Gaza this summer.

The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Friday. The rocket fire caused no injuries.

Palestinian residents reported hearing two explosions in the Khan Yunis region of Gaza. No injuries were immediately reported.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said Israel's military "will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardize the well being of the civilians of Israel. The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible and accountable for today's attack against Israel."

The Gaza rocket attack and the Israeli strike came days after a European Union court ordered Hamas removed from the EU terrorist list for procedural reasons, but said the bloc can maintain asset freezes against Hamas members for now. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas is "a murderous terror organization" and called for Hamas to be immediately returned to the list.

Israel launched a 50-day asault on Gaza,which left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, according to Palestinian and U.N. officials. On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

In the West Bank on Friday, fierce clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli occupation forces at a West Bank military checkpoint and near the village of Turmus Aya, though no injuries were reported.

The village was the site of a Palestinian-Israeli scuffle earlier this month during which Palestinian Cabinet minister Ziad Abu Ain collapsed. He later died en route to hospital.

Palestinian and Israeli pathologists subsequently disagreed over the cause of Abu Ain's death. The Palestinian expert said the cause of death was a  result of an Israeli assault.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

 

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Phil 2
20-12-2014 02:38pm
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Good reporting
Egypt as usual is the only even handed and factual description of what the IAF did in Khan Yunis. Retaliation, not outright aggression. Keep it up al haram even if Qatar doesn't approve.....
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