One wounded in Israeli air strike on Gaza: medics

One wounded in Israeli air strike on Gaza: medics

One man was moderately wounded in an Israeli air strike on Gaza, medical sources said, after a recent series of rocket attacks at Israel.

According to the sources, the last night air strike targeted a workshop in the Gaza City neighbourhood of Zeitun.

The Israeli army confirmed the attack, with a spokeswoman telling AFP its aircraft "targeted a weapons manufactoring site in the northern Gaza Strip in response to the rockets fired at Israel."

Earlier in the day, the military said that four rockets had hit southern Israel over the past two days, including one Grad that struck south of Beersheba yesterday. None of the rockets caused casualties or damage.

In addition, a rocket fired at Israel by Palestinian militants  hit a house in the Gaza Strip, but there were no casualties, witnesses in Gaza said.

It apparently exploded prematurely, damaging the house, the witnesses said, without being able to provide further details.

In another incident, the military said an anti-tank rocket was fired at Israeli soldiers on Friday evening, but damaged the security fence separating Gaza from Israel.

Troops who responded with tank fire also neutralised an explosive device at the scene.
Since the beginning of the year, Palestinian militants in Hamas-controlled Gaza have fired more than 30 rockets at southern Israel, army statistics show.

Hamas has maintained a tacit truce with Israel, but other armed groups regularly fire rockets across the border, usually sparking retaliatory air strikes.

The Israeli army chief of staff warned in an interview broadcast last night that increased rocket fire from the Gaza Strip will force Israel into "action."

"If this reality continues, and these launches continue and result in severe outcomes, we will have to take action, and we are ready for that moment," Lieutenant General Benny Gantz told the privately owned Channel 2 station.

Some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed during a three-week Israeli offensive in December 2008 and January 2009 which was aimed at halting Palestinian rocket attacks.