Three Palestinians wounded in Israeli air strikes in Gaza

At least three Palestinians were wounded on Saturday as Israel launched air strikes on suspected militant weapons foundries in Gaza, Palestinian security sources reported.

The strikes, the first since Israel completed its withdrawal of soldiers and settlers from all Gaza and part of the West Bank on Sept. 12, came in response to militant rocket attacks against Israeli towns on Friday.

The sources said the first missile hit a workshop in the northern Gaza strip refugee camp of Jabalia, wounding one woman and a child.

Israel claimed that the workshop was used by militants to manufacture missiles and homemade rockets.

Meanwhile, the second missile was fired at a house in the neighborhood of al-Zaitoun in Gaza City, which Israel claimed was also a weapons factory, the sources said.

The third strike targeted another house in Gaza City belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, where one of the residents was wounded and admitted to a nearby hospital, the sources added.

Palestinian militants said they launched 26 Qassam rockets at targets in Israel on Friday, in retaliation for a blast in a Hamas rally which killed 19 Palestinians.

The Israeli army denied any role in the blast, and the Palestinian National Authority also said the blast was caused by Hamas itself.

The Israeli army said 21 of the rockets landed in the western Negev town of Sderot, wounding five Israelis.

Source: Xinhua



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