Gaza Rocket Explodes in Southern Israel

Gaza Rocket Explodes in Southern Israel

The Israeli Air Force fired missiles, on Wednesday at dawn, into several areas, west of Gaza city and Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the besieged and improvised Gaza Strip, wounding at least seven Palestinians, including one who suffered a serious injury.

The rocket landed in an open area, believed to be a building site, without causing casualties.

No organization has claimed responsibility for the firing.

Fierce clashes broke out between dozens of young Palestinians and Israeli forces after the latter raided Al-Dugeisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem city overnight, the sources said. Two people were seriously wounded and another sustained light injuries, local media reported.

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Rockets are fired into Israel from Gaza from time to time, usually by militants opposed to Hamas. Hamas issued a statement saying that, "with this attack Israel has crossed a risky red line and will suffer the consequences".

"We will not allow the enemy to keep Gaza a testing ground for its weapons،" Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

The rocket fire comes just a few days after IDF soldiers spotted a drone that took off from Gaza and crashed in Israeli territory.

Israel argues its blockade is necessary to control Hamas, but the United Nations and others warn the blockade amounts to collective punishment of the strip's two million residents.

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