11 hurt in Gaza raids, rockets strike 2 Israeli houses

2014-07-03 10:54
A Palestinian boy inspects damages following an overnight Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed, AFP)

A Palestinian boy inspects damages following an overnight Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed, AFP)

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Jerusalem - Eleven Palestinians were wounded on Thursday when Israel pounded 15 targets in Gaza as militants kept up a volley of cross-border fire, with rockets hitting two houses in the Israeli south.

But there was no immediate sign of a return to the violent clashes which had engulfed east Jerusalem on Wednesday, following the kidnap and murder of a Palestinian teenager in a suspected revenge attack after three Israeli teens were abducted and killed earlier this month.

"Eleven people were wounded during the night, including one who is in serious condition," a spokesperson for the Gaza health authority said, indicating seven were hurt in Beit Lahiya in the north and four in Gaza City

The pre-dawn raids came after nearly a dozen rockets struck southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the army said. One scored a direct hit on a house in Sderot, causing an electrical outage across the town, police said.

Even after the raids, the rocket fire continued with another projectile hitting a second house in the town, the army said. Nobody was injured.

Clashes raging

Since midnight, 15 rockets have slammed into southern Israel, army figures show.

In east Jerusalem, violent clashes which broke out early on Wednesday in Shuafat following the kidnap and murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian in a suspect revenge attack, ended in the early hours of Thursday.

Clashes which had raged in Shuafat throughout on Wednesday spread during the evening to other areas of annexed east Jerusalem, including Silwan, Issawiya, Ras al-Amud and Anata, an AFP correspondent said.

By the late afternoon on Wednesday, medics from the Red Crescent said 65 people had been injured, 18 of them by live bullets, but there was no immediate update on numbers.

Other clashes with Israeli troops were reported in the occupied West Bank, at Qalandiya between Jerusalem and Ramallah, as well as in the southern towns of Beit Fajjar and Bethlehem, where demonstrators hurled stones and molotov cocktails, police said.

Overnight, Israeli troops arrested 13 "wanted" Palestinians as it pressed on with an arrest campaign which began when the three teenagers were snatched while hitch-hiking on 12 June. Their bodies were found on Monday with the triple murder blamed on Hamas.

- AP

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