Pales­tini­ans killed in Is­rael Gaza air strike

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­rael says its jets have hit two tar­gets in the Gaza Strip.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said the tar­gets were Ha­mas weapon man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties, adding that the strikes were in re­sponse to two rock­ets fired from Gaza into south­ern Is­rael.

A preg­nant woman and her young daugh­ter in a nearby house were killed, Pales­tinian of­fi­cials said. In the West Bank, Is­raeli po­lice say a Pales­tinian woman set off an ex­plo­sive de­vice at a check­point.

She was stopped by po­lice while driv­ing on Sun­day morn­ing near the Is­raeli set­tle­ment of Maale Adu­mim.

She “shouted ‘Al­lahu Ak­bar’ (God is great) and det­o­nated an ex­plo­sive de­vice”, a po­lice spokes­woman said, adding that the woman was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and a po­lice­man was slightly wounded.

Ini­tial re­ports had said the woman had died in the blast.

Fol­low­ing Sun­day’s air strikes, Is­rael De­fense Forces’ spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner said: “The IDF holds Ha­mas re­spon­si­ble for any act of ag­gres­sion from Gaza Strip.”

As well as the two re­ported deaths, med­i­cal staff in the Zeitun sec­tor south of Gaza City say three peo­ple are trapped in the rub­ble of the de­stroyed house.

There have been weeks of ten­sion over ac­cess to a site in East Jerusalem sa­cred to both Jews and Mus­lims.

Pales­tini­ans fear Is­rael plans to change ar­range­ments at the al-Aqsa mosque/Tem­ple Mount com­pound, where Jews are al­lowed to visit but not al­lowed to pray - some­thing Is­rael in­sists it will con­tinue.

An Is­raeli air strike on a Ha­mas tar­get in the Gaza Strip .

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