Clashes, airstrikes continue in Gaza
gaza city — Israel struck Hamas targets Friday in the Gaza Strip and threatened further action to stop rocket attacks, and clashes continued between Palestinian factions. At least eight deaths were reported.
A Palestinian hospital official said at least one man was killed and others were wounded when Israeli helicopters fired on them after they launched a rocket into Israel.
The military said it attacked a rocket crew in northern Gaza and that 10 missiles had struck Israel. One hit a house in the town of Sderot, but medics said injuries were minor.
Hours later, Israeli aircraft bombed a van in Gaza City owned by Hamas, the militant Islamic group that won Palestinian parliamentary elections last year. Two militants were killed, hospital officials said. Five other airstrikes wounded two civilians and two Hamas members, hospi- tal officials said.
Forces of the Fatah and Hamas movements, locked in fighting for a week, battled again in Gaza City. Three rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the pro-Hamas Islamic University campus.
One militant from each side was killed, hospital officials said. A fisherman caught in crossfire also was killed. Hospital officials said two other civilians died of wounds sustained during internal clashes earlier this week.