News 9 august — 17:14

Israeli airstrikes kill 2 Palestinians in Gaza Strip


At least two Palestinians have been martyred in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Gaza’s Health Ministry said Thursday, Anadolu Agency reports.

They include a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old child, according to ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra.

Twelve others have been injured in the strikes, including the woman’s husband.

In a separate statement, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) said its fighter jets targeted 12 terror sites in the Gaza Strip.

"As of now, approximately 70 rocket launches were identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory. The “Iron Dome” aerial defense system intercepted 11 launches; the majority of the rockets hit open areas," the IAF said on its Twitter account. 

The Israeli press reported that nine Israelis had been injured.

In a written statement, the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came after two of its fighters were killed by Israeli fire on Tuesday.  

“Hamas hit the "enemy" with a large number of rockets,” it said.

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