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New Israeli air strikes hit southern, central Gaza

May 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Smoke rises after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 May 2019 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Israel’s army on Sunday waged fresh air raids on various parts of the blockaded Gaza Strip for a third day straight, Anadolu reports.

The strikes left at least four Palestinians wounded after an Israeli warplane struck a target near a house in the city of Khan Younis in the southern strip, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.

The Israeli army, for its part, said in a statement that the warplane attacked a number of activists of the Islamic Jihad (resistance movement) who were in a “weapons warehouse” in the strip.

Israeli warplanes also attacked another target in the vicinity of a house belonging to the Aql Palestinian family at the Nuseirat refugee camp, in the central strip, damaging the house, according to eyewitnesses.

Since Saturday, nine Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and her infant child, were martyred and 47 others wounded by Israeli air strikes.

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The escalation in the Gaza Strip started when four Palestinians were martyred, including a teenager, and 51 wounded on Friday in Israeli army attacks on Hamas-affiliated sites and a separate attack on a rally against the decade-long occupation and siege of the Gaza strip.

The Israeli assaults were met by Palestinian resistance factions launching 250 rockets towards Israeli settlements, killing three people.

Another 83 Israelis have received treatment since Saturday from Palestinian rocket attacks, Israel’s Megan David Adom emergency services said.

Since Saturday, Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have targeted 200 civilian sites including seven residential buildings.

On Saturday, a building where Anadolu Agency’s office in Gaza was located was razed by Israeli warplanes.

No deaths or injuries were reported in the attack.