Israeli air strike hits northern Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces launched an air strike on the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening targeting a rocket launch site, according to a statement by Israeli forces.

The statement said that the air strikes targeted a rocket launching site in order “to eliminate an imminent threat against Israel.”

Israeli website Walla said that Israeli aircraft targeted a rocket launch pad in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip as it was preparing to fire rockets towards Israel.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces opened fire on protests near the Gaza Strip border, injuring one Palestinian.

While Hamas itself does not routinely fire rockets, Israel says it holds the group, which seized power in Gaza in 2007, responsible for such attacks.

Hamas and Israel have maintained a fragile ceasefire since Nov. 2012, when Israeli forces launched a major assault that killed around 170 Gazans.

(Source / 28.02.2014)

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