Israel bombs Gaza sites hours after bodies of Israeli teens found

2014-07-01 08:38

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Israeli aircraft have bombed dozens of sites on the Gaza Strip, the military said, and troops opened fire and killed a Palestinian during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics said.

The raid today came hours after Israel found the bodies of three Israeli teens in the occupied West Bank who went missing on June 12. Israel has blamed the Islamist Hamas group for their abduction near a Jewish settlement and has arrested dozens of the groups members in the past three weeks.

But the air strikes, while numerous, did not depart radically from Israel’s usual response to Palestinian rocket fire into its territory and as the Israeli Cabinet weighed its actions against Hamas, there was no sign the Jewish state was poised to launch a major assault on the Palestinian enclave.

The military said its aircraft bombed 34 Gaza sites, most of them belonging to Hamas, in response to 18 rockets fired into Israel since Sunday. Two people were lightly wounded, Gaza medical officials said.

In the West Bank, an Israeli military spokesperson said, troops opened fire on a man, identified by Palestinian officials as Yousouf Ibrahim abu Zagha (19) who allegedly threw an explosive device at soldiers who were attempting to arrest a militant in the Jenin refugee camp.

The military added that three Palestinians were detained in the West Bank today. Palestinian officials said five were arrested.

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