Israeli air attacks claim lives in Gaza, one missing

Gaza medics said Sunday morning they retrieved the body of a second Palestinian killed when Israel's air force struck the southern Strip.

Israeli air attacks claim lives in Gaza, one missing

Gaza medics said Sunday morning they retrieved the body of a second Palestinian killed when Israel's air force struck the southern Strip overnight Saturday, officials said.

The cross-border attack was the first since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington on Thursday to relaunch peace talks.

Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said the body of 19-year-old Khalil Muhammad Al-Hattab from Al-Bureij refugee camp was found in the tunnel area in Rafah. One person is still missing following the airstrike, he added.

The Israeli air force struck three sites late Saturday evening along the border between Egypt and the southern Strip.

Earlier, Abu Slimiyya said the body of 35-year-old Khalid Abdul-Karim Al-Khatib from the Bureij refugee camp was evacuated from the site of the air raids and transferred to the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah.

A Gaza Health Ministry spokesman said three injured also arrived at Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital and the An-Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis respectively, shortly after the airstrikes on tunnels in the As-Salam neighborhood of that city and the nearby Khan Younis area.

The Israeli military confirmed carrying out the air raids and said they came in retaliation for projectile fire that targeted southern Israel's Negev Regional Council hours earlier, which caused no reported damage or injury.

The Israeli military said aircraft attacked tunnels in retaliation for Hamas shooting attacks against Israeli settlers in the West Bank over the last week.

The Hamas attacks killed four settlers and wounded two others.

1.5 million Gazans live under heavy Israel siege and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.

Gaza is still considered under Israeli occupation as Israel controls air, sea and land access to the Strip.

Human rights groups slam Israel’s siege of Gaza, branding it “collective punishment.”


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